The APC on Thursday called a professor of law of the University of Benin, Prof. Omoregie Edobor as it opened its case of certificate forgery against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
The trial opened before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The case opened following the failure of Obaseki’s defence team to stop the case at with interlocutory injunctions.
The Court of Appeal had ruled that the case must proceed every day in order to beat the constitutionally stipulated deadline for the trial of pre-election cases.
The trial follows the suit filed by an APC chieftain, Williams Edobor to disqualify Obaseki on the claim that he allegedly forged the university certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
As the trial commenced on Thursday, Edobor was called by the APC’s lead counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), who presented documents to prove his case that the Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies submitted by Obaseki to INEC was forged.
The defence team, however, stopped the documents from being presented in the sense that the plaintiffs were not the makers of the documents.
Asked by the PDP’s lawyer, Rasaq Isilalomhe on whether he had ever seen an original copy of the document he claimed to be fake, the prosecution witness said:
“I am not aware that an original copy of the degree certificate was issued to the first defendant by UI.”
The law professor also said that his accusations against Obaseki were based on photocopies of the governor’s documents that he had seen.