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Edo 2020: Obaseki Sued For Certificate Forging, battles to save head

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A suit has been filed against Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo state, over allegations of certificate forgery.

In the suit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, 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.

This suit comes less than a week after a Federal High Court in Abuja issued an interim order restraining Obaseki from prosecuting his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, who is the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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 division within the APC in Edo state climaxing as the state prepares for governorship elections.

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