Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has won the certificate forgery suit instituted against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its members, Edobor Williams. According to The Nation, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja dismissed the suit on Saturday, January 9.
Naijamic gathers that Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the plaintiffs failed to prove their claim that Obavseki forged the academic certificates that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The judge reportedly berated the plaintiffs for failing to make any efforts to cross-check from the University of Ibadan and the West African Examination Council (WAEC) that issued the certificates they claimed Obaseki forged. University of Ibadan defends Governor Obaseki. Earlier, it was reported that the University of Ibadan cleared the controversy surrounding the credentials of Governor Obaseki after the institution presented his certificate to the court. Obaseki opened his defence on Tuesday, January 6, with a senior official of the university, Abayomi Samuel Ajayi, who is the deputy registrar (legal) in court to present documents, including the original copy of the Bachelor of Arts certificate issued to the governor in 1979. Ajayi tendered as exhibits before the court relevant pages of the university’s calendar for 1976 and admission brochure for degrees.