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

APC vs Obaseki: Primate Ayodele reveals who will win certificate forgery case

The leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has revealed how the alleged certificate forgery suit by the All Progressives Congress, APC, seeking to sack the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki would end.

DAILY POST reported earlier that Obaseki, the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will on January 9 know their fate In a suit seeking to remove the Governor from office.

The APC and a chieftain, Williams Edobor, want the governor kicked out for alleged certificate forgery.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, fixed Saturday for judgment after lawyers to the parties adopted their written addresses.

Ayodele, in a statement to DAILY POST on Friday, said Obaseki is God’s project and no matter what, God will make him come out victorious in the battle.

He explained that Obaseki’s enemies cannot remove him through a court case.

“The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki is God’s Project. His enemies can not remove him through court cases.

“He will overcome the court case ahead of him, His enemies won’t be able to pull him down now, He is God’s Project,” he said.

Benin Youths Brought Out Ayelala, So The Government Can Swear They Didn’t Set The Inmates Free – Twitter User Claims

Benin Youths Brought Out Ayelala, So The Government Can Swear They Didn’t Set The Inmates Free.

 Ayelala in the Yoruba religion is a deity known for punishing offenders. If Ayelala is invoked upon offenders, then something bad is expected to happen to them. The deity is a very wicked one, and no one will pray to fall under the bondage of Ayelala.

The deity is best known as the goddess of justice. If you therefore swear with the name of Ayelala, you should be ready to say nothing but the truth. This is a part of the Yoruba culture, and it is a form of judiciary during the past.

 Recall that Monday, many prisoners escaped from prison in Benin. Different reports stated that some hoodlums attacked the prison and set inmates free.

 Some people still doesn’t believe this, as the think the inmates were set free by government. The Benin Youths have brought out Ayelala, and they are expecting the government to swear in the name of the deity.

 This was posted by one DJ Aladice on social media, who said:

 “Benin youth brought out AYELALA so the government can swear they aren’t the ones who opened the prison.” 

Breaking: Drama As One Of The Prison Escapees Writes Governor Godwin Obaseki Claiming He Is On His Way To Libya

Following the jailbreak in Benin during the week in which many prisoners ran away, one of the Escapees, Osaro Oyidan has written an open letter to Governor Godwin Obaseki over the incident.

According to Osaro, it is a freedom he has since given up and it will be foolish of him not to jump at the opportunity offered to him on a platter of gold.

His full letter reads: “Mr Governor, Domo. I just heard over the radio here in Sokoto, that you want all the escaped prisoners from White House and Oko Prison, Benin City, to return to prison within three days.

I did not believe before, but as the local radio continuously announced it, I realized that it’s true.

Sir, kindly permit me to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Benin.

I attended Moslem Primary School, Ogbe, and later became a driver.

In 2009, I was arrested for stabbing a guy, who was always oppressing me with fine cars, that his brothers was shipping in from Italy.

I was charged to Court. Despite my lawyer’s efforts, I was sentenced to Life Imprisonment, five years ago.

Since then, life has been bad. I always pray for death, as all I see around me is misery and deaths.

So you can imagine my shock and joy, when my cellmate, Monday Akpihion, woke me up a few days ago, and said people outside dey paro for our matter, and they want us out.

I didn’t believe at first, because I have given up hope of outside life. But when I saw men breaking through that yeye 5 inches hollow block fence, that Nigeria contractors deceived Government was strong to keep us inside, humbled and pliant, I moved.

I joined to escaped, amidst hail of bullets, that sounded like Christmas knockouts to me.

I quickly threw down my blue prisoners uniform, and jubilantly joined the welcoming crowd on Airport Road.

I was not too sure, if this was trap, so I ran towards Omoma Street, off Oko Central Road and stole a bed sheet, by the side of a quiet bungalow, with the owners too embarrassed to shout.

I moved further down the road and seized some fairly used shirts and a jean trouser from a horrified Igbo trader by Gapiona Street.

I then ran towards Ugbor Road, GRA, fully dressed in my new well packaged clothes.

With no phone or money, and not too certain of the reception my evil stepmother will provide, I decided to head to Aduwawa.

At the corner of Anglican Girls Grammar School, I saw a fashion shop, with a woman, seriously busy with a scissor and a tape stripped round her neck.

I walked in and demanded money. As she attempted to argue, I made a fake attempt to pull out a gun.

That was all I needed to convince her, and she handed me 29 thousand naira. A lot of money for a fugitive.

To cut the long story short, I took off from Benin at about 9 pm later that day in a long truck, carrying empty tomatoes baskets, heading up north.

All I wanted was a drive to Lokoja, where my senior sister married to one crazy Igbira man stays, but the aboki driver, told me that his final stop is Kaduna. See me see goodluck.

I arrived Kaduna yesterday afternoon and I immediately entered a bus to Sokoto.

Oga Governor, you can imagine my shock, hearing you direct that people like me should return to Benin and into prison.

Who in my shoes does that? Borrow money to return to prison? Epa na wa for you o.

Sir, you should have directed that the escaping prisoners should turn themselves in to the nearest prison offices, with a prerogative of mercy amnesty of reduction in prison terms, instead of asking that we return to the broken and burnt Benin prisons.

Impossicant! For me, I’m leaving this night for Libya. Anything I see I take am.

I’m very sorry to disobey you, as somebody I like well well. I’m very sorry sir. No vex.

But I must head out to Europe and try open a new page in my miserable life, that was cut short by poor judgment and anger mismanagement.

I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m certainly not coming to Benin soon.

I hope that you will forgive my behavior. I didn’t ask for freedom. It was thrown at me.

They freed me. So I moved. And we Moved. Men don gbaase. Aya omo no ma ye dross

Domo Sir and Bye bye.
Yours Disobedient Citizen

Osaro Oyidan.

PDP governors visit Oba of Benin after successful Edo election

oba of benin

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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Obaseki forgives Oshiomhole after receiving Certificate of return

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.

Edo State: Nigeria’s glory is more important than the huge ego of politicians- Senator Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate on resumption of plenary will further probe the NNPC on diversion of dividends from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

Immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on his re-election, saying it has several symbolic representations for Nigeria and its democracy.

Mr Saraki, in a statement from his Media Office in Abuja, said Mr Obaseki’s victory underscored the determination of the people of Edo State to decide who governs the state and to ensure their votes count at all times.

The result of the Edo election represents the true wish of the people who stood firmly behind their Governor against power mongers who were determined to foist their choice on the people. It represents the will of the people to vote in free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. The people of Edo State who had sleepless nights in order to protect their votes, those who rejected the cash being thrown around to buy their votes and the intimidation to force them to compromise their belief, deserve our praise. Therefore, my congratulations go to all the people of Edo State.

“Let me give kudos to the leaders and governors in our party, the PDP, for working together to achieve this victory. The PDP leaders and members in Edo State who whole-heartedly accepted Governor Obaseki since he joined the party and co-operated with him to bring about this victory deserve to be appreciated

“The result of the just concluded election also represents the fact that our people actually desire to be governed by a truly democratic government headed by those they genuinely voted for. It represents the fact that our security and electoral officials can conduct free and fair elections if they have the right atmosphere. We are happy that throughout this election we did not see the military brutalizing the people or security officials supervising the snatching of ballot boxes and vandalisation of votes. Thus, the military and other security agencies deserve commendation for this successful polls.

“Also, we saw how the INEC officials maturely handled the complaints of the APC agent who sought to create confusion at the state collation centre when the Orihomwon Local Government result was about to be declared. The INEC and its officials deserve to be commended for their neutrality in this election.

“We can see that the result represents realistic figures from one local government area to the other. No case of outlandish figures being reeled out. That is also a sign of some level of credibility in the process. It is for the above reasons that I have to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping the military out of this election and for giving the instructions that led to the apparent neutrality of members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security officials in the entire process”, Saraki stated.

He further urged Governor Obaseki to see his victory as a charge by the people to intensify his focus on development of the state and the welfare of its people.

“The Edo election result is a victory for our country, her people and democracy. We have shown that the glory of the country is more valuable to the citizens than the wish of a tiny power clique,” he concluded.

Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu in hot exchange of words at Channels TV Debate

Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki at Channels TV debate

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Sunday exchanged hot words at the Governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

The two candidate disagreed and fight over every issue put across to them by the anchorman, Seun Okinbaloye.

In the area of tax, Iyamu said he would abolish multiple taxation and that he would not allow people to collect money and put it in their pocket like it was being done in Obaseki’s government.

“We need to Abolish multiple taxation. So many people are not in the tax net. We are going to support businesses to grow,” he said.

But Obaseki said most of the tax he collected were from Pay As You Earn, PAYE, and that he would expand on that to rake in more taxes.

“Pay as you earn accounts for the largest amount of taxes. What we have done is to try and expand that net.

“We have also used technology to ensure that for the low income tax payers, we make it easy for them to pay their taxes,” he said.

On whether the Civil Service is over bloated and whether he would cut down on the workforce, Obaseki said he would not cut down on the civil service, saying that “the problem is that it is overbloated. we need to bring in more people to work for government, smarter people and we need to train them.”

Obaseki said the problem with the Edo State Civil Service was that it is aged.

But Ize-Iyamu countered Obaseki, saying that “I think the model that the governor has tried to adopt, is to reduce the workforce to the barest minimum. but unfortunately, whatever savings he thinks he is making, is not seen in capital projects.

“The only vote that has been recorded is his security votes which has increased by over 100% but yet, there is no serious investment in the security sector.

“I want to make it clear that the civil service workforce is not overbloated. The problem is that the governor has not lifted a finger to develop the workforce; it will be suicidal to try him again. My simple agenda will be to properly utilise the Civil service.”

On job creation, Obaseki said he had created about 150,000 jobs from the 200,000 he promised during his last four years tenure.

Ize-Iyamu countered him again, saying “it is sad that the government of Obaseki falsifies figures. What the government calls jobs are appointments; those are not jobs. Every school we campaigned at had virtually no teachers. When you are talking about jobs, who did you give jobs to? We are doing badly.”

He also accused Obaseki of collecting over N75 billion in debts, wondering what he did with the money.

“My contestant has collected over N75 billion in debts. What did he do with them? All his promises remain unfulfilled despite the fact that he came in when there was high windfall in Edo.”

On security, Ize-Iyamu attacked Obaseki, saying that “there have been increase in security votes, but there have been no investment in security. Our state is one of the few in the country with no advance in technology for fighting security. Our security vehicles cannot fight security.”

He said he would invest in technology and trackers to fight criminals and cultism that had been on the rise in Edo State.

“The personnel deployed to our state for combating insecurity will be complemented by an organised state police, but we must work with the federal government and every other stakeholder. Our people must feel safe at all times,” he said.

But Obaseki countered Ize-Iyamu on security vote, saying that his “security vote is less than 5% of the total budget, but we have had to create a hybrid of sorts, in the form of PUWOV, working with federal authorities.”

On kidnapping, Ize-Iyamu lamented that it had been very high in Edo, saying that “we are not showing enough concern. If I were governor, I would have acted on veritable intelligence and mobilised security agencies to flush out the forests around Benin-Auchi road.”

But Obaseki said his administration had a software to track crime and monitor trends.

“We have deployed this a couple of times, especially when kidnapping was rife in the Ore-Okada axis. We cleared both sides of the forest and collaborated with federal authorities to bring sanity,” he said.