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Forgery: Obaseki’s Original Certificates Admitted

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Edo Election Petition Tribunal

Godwin Obaseki’s original certificates were on Tuesday admitted by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a day the Edo State governor began his defence of the certificate forgery suit brought against him.

The suit was brought by the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC and a chieftain of the party, Willie Edobor.

The certificates admitted by the court were First School Leaving Certificate obtained in 1971, Ordinary Level Certificate obtained in 1973, and his Higher School Certificate obtained in 1976.

Also admitted were Bachelor of Arts Degree Certificate issued by the University of Ibadan in 1979 and a Master’s Degree Certificate issued to him by the Pace University in New York, the United States in 1994.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed who is presiding over the case admitted Obaseki’s original certificates as exhibits while Obaseki called his first witness, Charity Aguobawekhina, to attest to their originality.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, Akin Olujimi, however, raised objections to admitting the primary school certificate and original copy of the governor’s University of Ibadan certificate on the claim that they were not frontloaded.

He thus pledged to raise his objections in the final written address.

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