The All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, opened its case on certificate forgery against Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, by calling a professor of law, Omoregie Edobo, as its first witness.
The case opened before Justice Ahmed Mohammed after Obaseki’s failed bids to have the court and the Court of Appeal halt the hearing pending the determination of an appeal he had filed in respect of the case.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja ruled that pre-election cases such as the one instituted against Obaseki were time-bound and could not be halted based on an interlocutory appeal.
In his evidence in chief, Edobo of the University of Benin tendered various documents to prove that the Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Obaseki was forged.
The party in the suit filed in July 2020 is claiming that Obaseki forged his degree certificate, which he presented to the INEC to secure his candidacy in the September governorship election.
In the pre-election suit filed through a chieftain of the party, Mr. Williams Edobor, it is specifically seeking the disqualification of Obaseki who became governor in 2016 under its platform.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court had in September said rulings in all applications as well as objections would be delivered alongside judgment ordered the APC to call its witnesses to prove allegations made against Obaseki.
When the trial commenced yesterday, the plaintiffs through their lead counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi, called their first witness, Edobo, and presented various documents to prove the case of the plaintiff.
Although, the defendants had used the same documents to cross examine the witness, the documents were however not admitted following defendants claim that Edobo was not the maker and as such cannot tender them.