A lawsuit has been instituted against Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, over allegations of certificate forgery.
Three members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State: Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu, filed the suit before a Federal High Court, Abuja, accusing Governor Obaseki of forging his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan.
According to the plaintiffs, the offence contravenes section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
The plaintiffs urged the court to declare that Governor Obaseki is “not qualified to run or seek the office of the governor of Edo state” in the forthcoming 2020 governorship election”.
Reacting to the development, Alex Ejesieme, counsel to the governor, described the suit as frivolous and irrelevant.
Ejesieme in an interview with the Daily Trust said the defence team is preparing the reply to challenge the plaintiffs in court next week.
This suit is coming less than a week after a federal high court in Abuja issued an interim order stopping Obaseki from arresting and prosecuting Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman.
The ruling party in Edo State has been split into two factions since last year, following the crisis between the incumbent governor, who is seeking a second term, and Oshiomhole, the immediate predecessor who is believed to be backing Osagie Ize-Iyamu to clinch the party’s sole ticket.