Edo gubernatorial 2020: Obaseki dragged to court over alleged certificate forgery

The Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki
Emeh Joy

The chance of Governor Godwin Obaseki to emerge the standard-bearer of APC appears to have gotten slimmer as some chieftains of the party have dragged him to court over an alleged forgery of a certificate.

Three APC chieftains reportedly filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki over the certificate forgery.

According to reports, the suit was filed by Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu. They alleged that the Bachelor of Arts (B.A) certificate in Classical Studies obtained by Obaseki from the University of Ibadan was forged.

News has it that they also alleged that forgery of certificate goes contrary to section 182(1) (i) of the constitution of Nigeria "and therefore not qualified to run or seek the office of the Governor of Edo state" under the APC in the September 19 election.

Governor Obaseki however, described the suit as frivolous and irrelevant. His counsel, Alex Ejesieme (SAN), said his defence team is preparing the reply to challenge the action in court next week.

These events are occurring after the Edo state chapter of the APC sued the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomole and National Working Committee (NWC) of the party over a waiver that was granted to Pastor Osagie Izeiyamu, a governorship aspirant of the party.

In other news, a group of professionals in the state, the Edo Good Governance Group (EG3), have shown their support to Obaseki in his quest to return for a second term. They had asked that the President, Muhammadu Buhari calls Oshiomole to order as they are of the opinion that Oshiomole is a hypocrite who has been causing confusion in the state.

Since the crisis between Obaseki and his former godfather last year, the party in the state has been split into two factions.

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