The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled that Governor Godwin Obaseki was qualified to contest in the September 2020 governorship election.
Naija News reports that Justice Ahmed Mohammed delivered the ruling on the alleged certificate forgery suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Obaseki.
Justice Mohammed while delivering judgment said that the APC failed to prove the forgery allegation beyond reasonable doubt.
He held that the APC failed to by way of credible evidence, discharge the burden of proof placed on them by the law.
According to Justice Mohammed, there was no iota of evidence before the court to establish that Obaseki forged either his O’level certificate or the degree certificate that was awarded to him in 1979 by the University of Ibadan.
He held that allegation of forgery the Plaintiffs levelled against Obaseki bordered on crime and therefore required to be proved beyond reasonable doubt.
“None of the witnesses called by the Plaintiffs was able to prove that the certificate as forged.
“In fact, the witnesses admitted that none of them visited the University of Ibadan to confirm the authenticity of the certificate.
“The Plaintiffs only relied on photocopies that were attached to the Form EC9 the 1st Defendant submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission”, Mohammed noted.