the court acknowledged two more findings against Obaseki

the court acknowledged two more findings against Obaseki

A federal high court hearing in Abuja on Wednesday ruled that two other artifacts were evidence in a certificate forgery case against Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.

We will remind, on Tuesday the court accepted Obaseki’s statement as evidence. The nomination form that allowed him to run for the governorate elections on September 19, 2020 was submitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At the hearing resumed on Wednesday, Emmanuel Balogun, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Lagos, appeared as the third key witness (PW-3) in the case.

The witness offered the original of his diploma in agricultural economics, issued to him on 6 July 1979 by the University of Ibadan. Obaseki said he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the same university that same year.

Regarding the forgery of the governor’s identity card, Balogun said that he could not comment on this because he had not seen the certificate before.

During cross-examination, PW-3 informed the court that in 1975 she was enrolled in the University of Ibadan by prior arrangement.

He said there were students at the time who were also accepted by direct entry, adding that while those who entered for foreplay spent 4 years, those who entered school by direct entrance only spent 3 years.

Balogun noted that he would be surprised that “anyone can enter the University of Ibadan, as then, with only three O’level grades or two A-level grades with at least 2 HSC jobs”.

“In 1976, there were different requirements for admission for both preliminary students and direct students,” said the witness.

“As then, admission requirements varied from faculty to faculty. The main requirement for admission was 5 credits, including math and English, but anyone who enrolled through direct entry had to pass 5 credits and then select two subjects at HSC.

“Usually the certificate is signed by the vice-rector and the chancellor with the date. Generally, all certificates issued by the University of Ibadan are colored with a logo.
“The certificate is usually larger than regular A4 sheets.”

He stated that if you try to compress and photocopy the certificate onto an A4 sheet, some parts of the certificate will be deleted and will no longer reflect the original certificate.

The witness said that on December 23, the plaintiffs sued him for submitting to the court the original of their high school diploma.

Presiding Judge Ahmed Mohammed accepted his testimony as evidence and marked it as PL-4 Evidence.
After the original certificate was accepted as evidence, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Akin Oluzhimi, SAN, asked to be replaced with a photocopy, arguing that the original document was very valuable and irreplaceable.

But Obaseki’s lawyer Ken Mozia and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawyer Razak Isenalohme opposed the request, insisting that they would use the exhibit at the hearing.

After PW-3 completed his testimony and was discharged from the court, the plaintiffs introduced the former assistant police superintendent and medical examiner, Mr. Rafael Onwuzuligbo, as the next witness.
Onwuzuligbo said he was brought to trial on the basis of a subpoena that was also issued against him.

The quote was presented as evidence and tagged Appendix PL-5.

The defendants resisted the lawyer’s attempt to offer the plaintiffs a document containing a report of the witness’s investigation.

The defendants argued that this document was not presented either in court or in court records, insisting that it could not be used as evidence in the case.

They noted that the document was drawn up on November 16, while the claim is pending.
They also argued that the plaintiffs had failed to prove the compliance of the document with the case.

The defendants then called on the court to reject the document.

In response, the plaintiffs’ lawyer called on the court to dismiss the objections and argued that the document required to prove the fact did not need to be announced.

Olujimi said the report is about Obaseki’s certification in question.

The report was accepted as evidence as Appendix PL-6. However, the court ruled that it would consider exceptions to its admissibility in the final judgment.

Judge Mohammed later postponed Thursday’s trial so that the defendants could question a witness.

APC and one of its members in Edo, Williams Edobor, filed a lawsuit marked FHC / B / CS / 74/2020 against Obaseki in July 2020.

They argued that the governor had forged the University of Ibadan graduation certificate that he submitted to INEC to validate his qualifications for election.

The plaintiffs also argued that there are discrepancies in the arguments that Obaseki argued in the WAEC (West African Examination Board) exam and the arguments in his testimony.

Accordingly, they ask the court to state that his claim, in its INEC EC9 form in column C, sworn in on June 29, 2020 by the Office of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory with the same effect that it received from the University of Ibadan in 1979, a degree in area of ​​classical studies is false and contrary to sections 31 (5) and (6) of the 2010 Election Act.

In addition, they are looking for an order that says Obaseki lied under oath when he testified under oath on June 29, 2020 that he worked for Afrinvest Limited from 1994 to 2014 when he retired.

Obaseki defeated APC candidate Osagi Ize-Iyama in an election to secure re-election.

Source: – Aledeh

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