The Abuja Federal High Court has dismissed the certificate forgery case brought against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State by the All Progressives Congress and one of its members, Edobor Williams.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Saturday held that the plaintiffs failed to prove their claim that Obaseki forged his academic certificates which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the September 19 2019 Edo governorship election.
The judge said it was lazy on the part of the plaintiffs not to cross-check from the University of Ibadan and the West African Examination Council the two institutions that issued the certificates they claimed Obaseki forged.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement on Saturday, hailed the decision, describing it as victory for democracy and the triumph of justice.
The statement read partly, “The party describes the verdict of the court as triumph of justice, victory for democracy and a seal on Governor Obaseki’s landslide victory as the clear choice of the people at the September 19, 2020 governorship election.
“Indeed, the instant jubilation on the streets of Edo State at the news of the judgment is a resounding testimony that justice has been upheld and that Governor Obaseki’s election was in line with the wishes and aspiration of the overwhelming majority of the people of Edo state.
“Unarguably, Governor Obaseki was reelected because of his manifest patriotism and dedication to duty as demonstrated in his unwavering zeal towards the development of his state and the empowerment of his people.”