court ordered Obaseki to open defense on Tuesday
On Monday, the All-Progressive Congress, APC, closed the document fraud case against Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki after calling a total of six witnesses and offering 17 artifacts.
APC’s chief attorney, Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, announced the party’s decision to suspend the case shortly after the court dismissed a sixth witness, PW-6, Dr. Mikano Asekome, assistant professor of the department. banking and finance at Benson Idahos University, Benin City, Edo.
PW-6 told the court that he was called on December 23, 2020 as a witness in the case.
The witness went further and offered the court an original copy of his certificate in agriculture and economics, which the University of Ibadan presented to him on July 31, 1978.
During cross-examination, the witness informed the court that in 1974, when he entered the University of Ibadan, there was no Joint Admission and Registration Board (JAMB).
“As then, the University of Ibadan was responsible for defining the admission criteria. However, to help students, the criteria have always been documented and published.
“Conditions varied from faculty to faculty, although the number of credits that prospective students had to pass remained basic.
“At that time there were two modes of admission: direct or voluntary entrance exam, also called preliminary or pre-graduation.
“In my case, I went to the preliminary stage. This is why I spent four years at school.
“At the time, the University of Ibadan did not offer preparatory courses for the Faculty of Arts. Even in natural sciences, some students entered directly and spend only three years, ”added the witness.
Upon further cross-examination, the witness informed the court that he had never seen the original Obaseki Governor’s ID.
Previously PW-4, Mr. Rafael Onwuzuligbo, a former assistant police superintendent and medical examiner, said he reviewed the Obaseki Governor’s certificate at a request made by a person identified as “Loyal Manager”.
However, he admitted that he was sent for analysis not the original copy of the certificate, but a certified true copy, STS.
“I don’t know who assured him, but before the document is the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“I do not know the origin of the document,” the witness added.
PW-5 Engineer Gabriel Iduseri identified himself as a former APC Youth Leader South South Zone and current APC Guardian Zonal Youth Leader.
He offered a copy of the case marked FHC / B / CS / 124/2016 that the People’s Democratic Party, the NDP, had previously filed against Obaseki for allegedly forging his testimony.
The witness informed the court that the case was subsequently closed when the time for its delivery expired.
He told the court that Obaseki filed a certificate loss petition with INEC in 2016, adding that the affidavit was not part of the documents he submitted along with his candidacy form (EC9 form) in the 2020 electoral circle.
A witness told the court that Obaseki, on form CF001, filed in 2016, claimed to have attended the University of Ibadan between 1976 and 1979.
When asked if he had ever visited the University of Ibadan or the WAEC to confirm the authenticity of Obaseki’s documents, the witness said no.
Meanwhile, after APC’s decision to close his case, Judge Ahmed Mohammed ordered Governor Obaseki to begin his defense on Tuesday.
In a lawsuit filed jointly with one of its members in Edo, Mr. Williams Edobor, APC alleged that Obaseki forged the University of Ibadan graduation certificate, which he submitted to the INEC Independent National Electoral Commission in support of his election qualifications.
In the case designated FHC / B / CS / 74/2020, the plaintiffs also argued that there were discrepancies in the subjects that Obaseki asserted in the WAEC (West African Examining Council) exam and in the subjects of his testimony.
Therefore, they are asking the court to declare this claim by Obaseki in his INEC EC9 form in column C, brought on June 29, 2020 to the Office of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on the basis that he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ibadan in 1979. Classics is false and contrary to section 31 (5) and (6) of the 2010 Election Law.
As well as an order that Obaseki lied under oath when he testified under oath on June 29, 2020 that he worked at Afrinvest Limited from 1994 to 2014 when he retired.
INEC was listed as the third respondent in question.
Meanwhile, in accordance with section 285 (10) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the 180 days allotted for the trial court to complete the election hearing expire on Sunday.
As a result, the court dismissed a joint lawsuit against the National Rescue Mission, NRM, and one of its bosses, Mr. Stephen Ozoro, who filed to challenge the eligibility of the APC government candidate in Edo. , Pastor Osagiye Ize-Iyamu and his deputy Abdulganiy Daud.
The court ruled that the case took on an academic character, noting that neither party could enjoy legal advantages.
INEC, APC, Ize-Iyamu and Daudu were named as defendants in this case.
Source: – Vanguard