A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit filed against the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki.
The plaintiffs, in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020 accused the governor of engaging in certificate forgery.
The suit was filed on the 29th of May, 2020 with Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu listed as plaintiffs, and Governor Obaseki, the APC and the Inspector General of Police as respondents.
The governor was accused of forging his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan which he submitted to INEC for his first term election in 2016.
The plaintiffs contended that the alleged certificate forgery contravened Section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
According to the plaintiffs, Obaseki was therefore “not qualified to run or seek the office of Governor of Edo State under the platform of the 1st defendant (APC) in the governorship election scheduled to hold in the state on September 19, 2020.”
But Justice Anwuli Chikere struck out the suit on Monday as neither the plaintiffs’ lawyers nor the defendants’ were present in court.