- A certificate forgery suit against Governor Godwin Obaseki has been dismissed
- The lawsuit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020 was dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja
- This means Obaseki's re-election bid has been handed a massive boost ahead of the Edo state election
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The re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki has been handed a massive boost after an alleged certificate forgery suit against him was on Monday, June 29, dismissed.
The Edo state governor has been embroiled in different lawsuits surrounding his eligibility in the forthcoming election in the state in September.
Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu in a suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020 had accused the governor of forging his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan.
Delivering her verdict on the case, Justice Anwuli Chiekere who is the presiding judge dismissed the case due to the absence of both plaintiffs and the defendant.
The judgement came barely 18 days after the registrar of the premier university, Olubunmi Faluyi, in a statement on Wednesday, June 10, said Obaseki gained admission to the university in 1976 and graduated in 1979.
In what finally cleared doubt on the governor's certificate, Faluyi who cited records, also stated that the governor graduated with a second class honours (lower division).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as intrigues continue to play out in the politics of Edo, Governor Obaseki has raised a fresh alarm, saying politicians have been importing thugs and arms ahead of the state 2020 guber poll.
Obaseki rang the alarm bell in a statement issued on Thursday, June 11, through his media adviser Cruise Osagie.
The governor said he received intelligence reports that some desperate politicians were stockpiling thugs and weapons in the state.
Obaseki, however, vowed that no stone would be left untouched as his government would go after those accumulating arms and inviting thugs.
INEC, Nigeria's electoral commission, has scheduled September 2020 for the governorship election in the state.
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