Appeal Court dismisses forgery suit as Obaseki wins again

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Godwin Obaseki
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The Court of Appeal, sitting in Benin, Edo State, on Wednesday upheld the ruling of the Edo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal against the Action Democratic Party, reaffirming the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki at the 2020 governorship election.

The judgement comes barely two months after the Election Petitions Tribunal struck out the petition by the ADP and its governorship candidate, Iboi Lucky, challenging the outcome of the September 19, 2020 governorship election, which returned Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party as governor.

The Appeal Court, delivering the judgement in the case marked CA/B/EPT/GOV/01 & 1A/2021 Action Democratic Party & Anor v. INEC & 20rs, held that Obaseki did not forge the certificates with which he contested the 2020 governorship election, dismissing the appeal filed by the ADP and its candidate.

In another case, marked B/EPT/GOV/02/2021 Action Peoples Party vs Godwin N. Obaseki & 20rs, the court unanimously upheld the judgment of the tribunal and dismissed the Appeal with costs assessed at N600,000 each, on two different counts, as the governor won all eight issues for determination in the appeal.

Delivering the judgement, Justice M.A. Owoade dismissed the main appeal, the preliminary objection and the cross appeal.

The judge noted that the inclusion of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as respondents in the petition, was a ploy by Ize-Iyamu to fight his case through another petitioner, describing it as a case of ‘squeezing the rock for water’.

The state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who thanked God for the judgement, said that the court had delivered justice.

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