The Abuja division of the Federal High Court has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit filed against Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, the presiding judge, delivered the judgment on Saturday in a suit filed by the All Progressives Party (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor.
The APC and Edobor had filed the suit, alleging that Governor Obaseki presented a forged certificate to seek re-election in the Edo State governorship election held on September 19, 2020.
According to the plaintiffs, the said document was purportedly issued by the University of Ibadan, while the governor presented same to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which conducted the poll.
Counsels to both parties in the matter had closed their cases on Thursday after they presented witnesses and evidence to the court.
Governor Obaseki won the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to extend his stay in office by another four years.
Although he was elected into office for the first term on the APC platform, the governor later defected from the party after he was screened out from the party’s primary, which saw Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerging as the APC flagbearer for the election.
This came in the middle of a lingered dispute between the governor and Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor and immediate past APC national chairman.
After defecting from the APC, the governor got the PDP ticket and went ahead to defeat Ize-Iyamu for the second time to win the governorship election.
Governor Obaseki had earlier defeated Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate in the 2016 governorship election, while the latter was the PDP candidate.