- The APC has assembled 5 SANs to institute a case to get Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy disqualified before Edo guber
- The APC says Governor Obaseki and his deputy have committed perjury and forgery
- Foremost lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun, is leading four other SANs in the case
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has instituted a case of certificate forgery and perjury against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at a Federal High Court in Benin City, the state capital.
The APC and one of its members, Edobor Williams, instituted the cases few weeks to the Edo governorship election.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to disqualify the governor and his deputy from participating in the election scheduled for Saturday, September 19.
They also want the court to prevent the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from fielding any candidates in the election.
Foremost lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun, is leading four other SANs in the case.
In two separate suits, the plaintiffs want the court to stop Obaseki and Shaibu from participating in the election for allegedly lying on oath and submitting false documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Meanwhile, a coalition of 18 civil rights organisations under the auspices of Edo Coalition for Democracy and Freedom (ECDF) has commended the APC for appointing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano to head the party's campaign council in the state.
Briefing journalists after a meeting in Benin city on Friday, July 17, the group described the governor of Kano state as “a quiet performer and bridge-builder who has transformed one of the biggest commercial cities in Nigeria.”
In a related development, ta group, South-South Emerging Leaders' Forum (SELF), has alleged that there is a plot by some highly placed politicians to rig the 2023 general elections, beginning with the forthcoming Edo state governorship poll.
The forum in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 8, by its convener, Barrister Preye Wilson, alleged that the arrowhead of the plot has commenced moves aimed at compromising INEC as the first step of the plan.
APC disqualifies Obaseki from Edo guber primaries | Legit TV