Court Dismisses APC’s Certificate Forgery Suit Against Obaseki

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit filed against the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed dismissed the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor, in a judgement delivered on Saturday in the nation’s capital.

The APC and Edobor had filed the suit alleging that Governor Obaseki presented a forged certificate to seek re-election in the Edo State governorship election held on September 19, 2020.

According to the plaintiffs, the said document was purportedly issued by the University of Ibadan, while the governor presented same to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which conducted the poll.

In his judgement, Justice Mohammed held that the plaintiffs relied on the photocopied document presented by Governor Obaseki without getting in touch with the university to verify the authenticity of the said certificate.

He added that no iota of truth was brought before the court by the plaintiffs who alleged forgery, saying it was a criminal matter, but the claimants were unable to prove their case.

The judge noted that the Deputy Registrar (Legal) of the University of Ibadan had given evidence in the suit that the university duly issued the certificate to Governor Obaseki.

According to him, the governor was duly and properly admitted to study Classics which was later renamed Classical Studies in 1976 and graduated in 1979.

Justice Mohammed concluded that the plaintiffs failed to prove their allegations of forgery against Governor Obaseki and, thereby, dismissed the case.

He, however, did not award any cost against the plaintiffs.

Before the judgement was delivered, counsels to both parties in the matter had closed their cases after they presented witnesses and evidence to the court.

During proceedings on Thursday, lawyer to the Plaintiffs, Akin Olujimi, adopted his final written address.

He urged the court to affirm their position that the governor presented a forged certificate to the electoral umpire and was unfit to occupy the office.

This was, however, rejected by Governor Obaseki’s counsel, Ken Mozia, who asked the court to dismiss the suit over what he described as the plaintiff’s failure to prove their case.

Governor Obaseki contested and won the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a bid to extend his stay in office by another four years.

Although he was elected into office for the first term on the APC platform, the governor later defected from the party after he was screened out from the party’s primary which saw Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerging as the APC flagbearer for the election.

This came in the middle of a lingered dispute between the governor and his predecessor and immediate past APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

After defecting from the APC, he got the PDP’s ticket and went ahead to defeat Ize-Iyamu for the second time to claim the governorship seat in what can be described as a dramatic switch of political parties.

Governor Obaseki had defeated Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate in the 2016 governorship election while the latter was the PDP candidate.

Four years later, he secured 307,955 of the total votes, 84,336 more votes than Ize-Iyamu who got 223, 619 votes

Man allegedly ordered soldiers to beat phone repairer who cracked his girlfriend’s phone (video)

A video showing men in military uniform assaulting a man said to be a phone repairer has gone viral.

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">According to reports, the incident happened at the Bob-Izua shopping complex in Edo state on Thursday, January 7. It is said that a lady had gone to the complex to fix her mobile phone with the victim.According to reports, the incident happened at the Bob-Izua shopping complex in Edo state on Thursday, January 7. It is said that a lady had gone to the complex to fix her mobile phone with the victim.

SaharaReporters alleges that her boyfriend found a crack on the phone and allegedly organized soldiers to beat up the phone repairer and then whisked him away to an undisclosed location.

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Obaseki’s Aide Collapses During His Inauguration (Watch Video)

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, have been sworn in for a second term in office on Thursday in Benin City, the state capital.

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In attendance at the inauguration which took place at the Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, were governors of the Peoples Democratic Party including Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.

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PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, was also present at the event with some other party officials while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was represented by a government official.

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Obaseki had defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress after he was denied the ruling party’s ticket in the primary election due to intra-party wrangling.

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He later defeated the APC candidate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to be re-elected governor of the state.


The Aide-de-camp (ADC) to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki collapsed during the swearing-in ceremony of the governor at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Edo State.

The incident happened while the governor was reading his inaugural speech.

The event, a low key one, held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Edo State, and the oath of office was administered by the State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esther Edigin.

It was the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, flanked by his wife, that first took the oath of office at about 11.48pm, before Governor Godwin Obaseki, also flanked by his wife took his own oath of office at about 12.00pm.

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“A trailer transporting an airplane causes heavy traffic gridlock in Edo”

Gridlock is a form of traffic congestion where “continuous queues of vehicles block an entire network of intersecting streets, bringing traffic in all directions to a complete standstill”.

A trailer was spotted in Edo transporting an airplane, thereby causing a heavy traffic gridlock. 

Airplane is a powered flying vehicle with fixed wings and a weight greater than that of the air it displaces; an aeroplane.

Does it make sense for an airplane which is a powered flying vehicle to be seen transported by a trailer. It sure must cause a terrible traffic jam.

Traffic congestion is a condition in transport that is characterised by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing. When vehicles are fully stopped for periods of time, this is known as a traffic jam.

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PDP governors visit Oba of Benin after successful Edo election

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Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Square II, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to turn itself to another godfather to the reelected governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.

The Omo N’Oba who gave the counsel Tuesday evening when the Rivers State governor, Nyelsom Wike, led three other PDP governors on a thank-you visit to the Oba for his efforts at ensuring a peaceful election in Edo State on September 19, reiterated his disdain for the concept of godfatherism.

“I want to on this occasion plead with the PDP that as you have always been talking about the concept of godfatherism, you will uphold it and don’t let unscrupulous members of your party start to use your party by proxy or remote control to control our governor and end up being the hidden godfathers, we don’t want hidden godfathers”, the monarch counselled.

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The Oba of Benin expressed gratitude to the God and the ancestors for hearing the prayers for a peaceful election.

“If you will recall when I invited the distinguished political actors of all the political parties particularly the two most active political actors, I also said why were they being called gladiators as if they were in the coliseum in Rome. I asked if they had been to the coliseum where they kill themselves at all cost, where the winner is the only one that is alive to claim victory and all the others dead. I said this is not the coliseum, this is not winner takes all or do or die affair and I did say that at the end of the day, it should be no vanquished, no victor and that both sides should consider it a win-win for everybody. I pleaded that the winner must accommodate the other persons”, the Omo N’Oba noted.

Oba Square II appealed to the governor to let bygone be bygone, and to “stretch out the olive branch for all sides to work with him. All hands should be on deck to work for Edo state and Edo people everywhere they may be proud to be”.

Wike, who was the Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council for the Edo governorship election was joined on the visit by of Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Seyi Makinde, Oyo State, Ahamdu Fintiri, Adamawa State, the host governor, Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and PDP South-South Vice Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih.

Speaking during the visit, the Rivers State governor said that the visit was a fulfilment of the promised they made when they paid the Oba a visit, the day the party flagged off its campaign in the state.

“Your Royal Majesty just like the governor of Sokoto state said when we came here to flag off the campaign of our brother Godwin Obaseki, we made a promise to you and the palace that by the special grace of God if Godwin Obaseki emerges as the winner, we will come back here and thank the Oba and the palace chiefs on the 19th of September, election was held and then on the 20th of September, Godwin Obaseki was declared as the winner of that election”, Wike explained.

The Rivers State governor added that PDP places much premium on the respect for the traditional institution, hence the party had come to ” thank the monarch and the palace leaders.

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Obaseki’s Electoral Victory ends Godfatherism in Edo State – Wike

“You made a promise to us that as a traditional ruler, and as far as everybody is concerned you are politically neutral and at such, you will not canvass for votes for anybody but what you preach is that there should be peace, there should be free and fair election Your Royal Majesty, we have seen with our eyes indeed there was a free and fair election, indeed the election was peaceful you said you will pray to our ancestors that in Edo, there shouldn’t be bloodshed and that is why the election was very free, was not violent and a leader has emerged we felt it will be very bad on our part if we have made that commitment before and you have also made commitment that you will pray that there will be peace and that you will pray that there will be free and fair election and there was free and fair election, and there was peace then we have no duty other than to come and also play our role to say thank you for gathering the entire people of Edo state to make sure that Edo State was peaceful and the election was free and fair and that is what we have come here to do today. We are not a party that will promise and fail, when we promise, we will deliver and to take your son now that he is back for everybody to unite together for the development of Edo State”, he added.

In his remarks, the host governor, Obaseki, said that the PDP owed it a duty to preserve the traditional institution.

“You have kindly received us today, I want to assure you that as the governor of Edo state I have heard your admonitions. I want to promise that I will rededicate myself in my next tenure to the full service of Edo state and the people of Edo state. We will always rely on your wise counsel, we will always rely on you to pray for us and ensure that we experience peace so that we can do all the good things that God desires of us to do for our people”, Obaseki reaffirmed.

Final list of candidates for Edo governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to the conduct the 2020 governorship election in Edo State on Saturday, 19th September 2020.

The electoral umpire has already commenced the distribution of election materials to the various local government areas in the state ahead of the actual voting process.

Fourteen candidates and political parties will be participating in the election as confirmed by INEC in a statement made available to newsmen by INEC Secretary, Rose Oriaran-Anthony.

The incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be slugging it out with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 12 other candidates.

Below is a full list of candidates and their political parties;

1. EDEMAKHIOTA GODWIN OSAIMIAMIA – AA

2. MABEL AKOMU OBOH – ADC

3. IBOI LUCKY EMMANUEL – ADP

4. OSAGIE ANDREW IZE-IYAMU – APC

5. OSAGIE LUCKY IDEHEN – APGA

6. AMOS OSALUMESE ARELOEGBE – APP

7. IGBINEWEKA OSAMUEDE – APM

8. OSIFO UHUNEKPENMA ISAIAH – LP

9. AGOL EBUN TRACY – NNPP

10. STEVIE NASH OZONO – NRM

11. GODWIN NOGHEGHASE OBASEKI – PDP

12. FELIX IZEKOR OBAYANGBON – SDP

13. OSAGIOBARE JONES – YPP

14. AKHALAMHE AMIEMENOGHENA – ZLP

Edo election: Obaseki’s deputy speaks on arrest, fingers Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu

Phillip Shaibu, Edo State Deputy Governor, has spoken on his alleged arrest by security agencies.

Shaibu said it is untrue that he was caught with illegal arms.

His spokesman, Benjamin Atu, said this in a statement on Friday.

He accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole of plotting to use federal might to intimidate him and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Atu noted: “The Deputy Governor has not been arrested but we are aware of an ongoing plan to arrest him over unfounded lies so that Oshiomhole and his cohorts will have the freedom to rig the Edo North Senatorial district election.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked against rigging of the election in Edo State, promising to congratulate whoever emerges as the winner.

“But Adams Oshiomhole and Osagie Ize-Iyamu (APC candidate) who felt betrayed by the President’s statement decided to use the back door to arrest the Deputy Governor in the name of illegal possession of arms.

“It is a lie from the pit of hell and a heap of rubbish to mention the name of the Deputy Governor in such a mundane practice of democracy”

Comrade Philip Shaibu has been in active politics since Nigeria returned to Democracy in 1999 and has never been linked to the issue of an arms deal. In less than 24 hours to the Edo State Governorship election, is it today that Oshiomhole now wants to organize an arrest?

We are calling on President Buhari and the International community to immediately prevail and call Oshiomhole and his thugs to order to avert unrest that may follow their actions.”