- The Court of Appeal has concluded a hearing on the appeal challenging the certificate of Governor Godwin Obaseki
- Following the reservation of the judgment, the court will now declare its position on the suit
- The parties in the case are hoping that the judgment will go their way
The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in the appeal challenging the certificate presented by Governor Godwin Obaseki to contest the 2020 governorship election in Edo State.
The appeal was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its chieftain, Williams Edobor.
The APC and its chieftain argued that the purported degree certificate submitted by Governor Obaseki to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was false.
However, the legal team representing the Edo governor argued that based on the pleadings of the appellant, the false information alleged to be submitted by the respondent was on the fact that he did not graduate from the University of Ibadan in 1979 and he did resign from Afri investment limited.
According to TVC News, Obaseki's lawyer noted that what did not contend at the trial court cannot be raised at the appellate court.
Legit.ng recalls that on January 9, Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja had dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit against Governor Obaseki
The judge ruled that the plaintiffs relied on the photocopied document presented by the governor without getting in touch with the university to verify the authenticity of the said certificate.
In another news, Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state, on Sunday, March 7, revealed that in his quest to rid the state of godfatherism, he was brutalised.
The Punch reported that Shaibu made the disclosure at the reception for the outgoing local government chairmen at St. Paul Catholic Church, Benin.
According to him, he has always been loyal to a worthy course as he ensured that Adams Oshiomhole, the then governor of the state successfully completed his two terms in office.
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