A suit has been filed against present Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, over allegations of certificate forgery.
In the suit filed before an Abuja Federal High Court, Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu accused the governor of forging his bachelor of arts (B.A.) certificate in classical studies from the University of Ibadan.
They said the offence contravenes section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which therefore makes Obaseki “not qualified to run or seek the office of the governor of Edo state” in the forthcoming 2020 governorship election.
In an interview with Daily Trust, counsel to the governor, Alex Ejesieme, described the suit as “frivolous and irrelevant.”
He said the defence team is preparing the response to challenge the plaintiffs in court next week.
This suit is coming less than seven (7) days after a federal high court in Abuja gave a directive stopping Obaseki from arresting and prosecuting the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
The Edo state government had instituted a suit against Oshiomhole for an alleged breach of the state’s public procurement law during the construction of the Edo specialist hospital and supply of equipment for the hospital, while he was governor of the state.
Obaseki and Oshiomhole have been at loggerheads, and this has caused disorganisation within the APC in Edo.
Oshimhole’s faction of the APC has chose Osagie Ize-Iyamu who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its preferred governorship candidate in the 2020 election.