The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Governor of Edo State Mr Godwin Obaseki, as well as his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will on Saturday know their fate in a suit seeking to take away Obaseki from office on account of forgery.
That is so, following the choice of Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja to deliver his judgment within the suit that day.
The judge mounted Saturday for judgment after lawyers to parties adopted their written addresses as their arguments for and towards the suit.
The judgment can be coming barely 24 hours to the expiration of the suit filed by the APC and certainly one of its chieftains, Mr Williams Edobor.
That they had dragged Obaseki to court for allegedly forging his University of Ibadan (UI) degree certificate he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in support of his qualification for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
Within the suit filed on July 14, 2019, the plaintiffs are asking the court to disqualify Obaseki and his party, from the poll, in the event that Obaseki was discovered to have forged his university certificates obtained from UI in 1979.
Obaseki had received the election on the platform of the PDP, whereas the APC with its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, came second.
Sued alongside Obaseki and the PDP is the electoral umpire, INEC.
In adopting his written tackle, Obaseki’s lawyer, Mr Ken Mozia (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the case of the plaintiffs on the grounds that they “woefully show” allegations made towards the governor.
Equally, PDP’s lawyer, Mr Rasaq Isenalumhe, prayed the court to dismiss APC’s suit for being incompetent and unmeritorious.
Nevertheless, INEC’s lawyer, Mr Mohammed Bawa, knowledgeable the court that the electoral umpire didn’t file any course of due to its neutrality within the suit.
The plaintiffs by way of their lawyer, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), nonetheless urged the court to deliver judgment of their favour, owing to the robust proof they have been capable of set up towards Obaseki.
In proving their case, the plaintiffs known as in a complete of six witnesses together with two Associate Professors, who tendered their individual certificates obtained from the University of Ibadan in 1978 and 1979 respectively.
However in his defence, Obaseki known as three witnesses amongst whom is the Deputy Registrar, Legal, University of Ibadan, Mr Abayomi Ajayi, who instructed the court that the mere proven fact that some elements of the original of Obaseki’s degree certificates from the UI have been missing within the photocopy he attached to his form EC9 and 001 to INEC did not amount to forgery.
PDP and INEC nonetheless didn’t name any witness, though the PDP had based mostly its refusal to call witnesses on time constraint, whereas INEC insisted on its neutrality.