Tribunal dismisses ADP’s alleged certificate forgery petition against Obaseki

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The Edo state governorship election petitions tribunal on Monday dismissed the petition filed by Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel against the election of Godwin Obaseki.

The petition was filed in October 2020 by Sylvester Imhanobe, Ikhide Ehigheluo, Douglas Ogbankwa, Anderson Asenmota and three others on behalf of the ADP candidate.

The ADP candidate in the petition intended to call on the respondents to show evidence that Tekena Tamuno who was the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan (UI) from December 1975 to November 1979, could not have signed a certificate which Obaseki allegedly presented to the APC for the screening.

He contended that the purported university degree which the third respondent (Governor Obaseki) claimed was issued by the university was undated.

He also argued that the third respondent was not qualified to contest for the September 19, 2020 governorship election, and the votes credited to him are null and void and of no effect and value.

The petitioners further averred that they would rely on the following documents which include the Form EC9 submitted by the third respondent to the first respondent (INEC) at the election; the form CF001 submitted by Governor Obaseki to INEC; the affidavit deposed to by the governor in the FCT Court on July 7, 2016 allegedly bearing July 6, 1979; and the certificate of UI he submitted along with Form EC9 in 2020.

 

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