Celebrations have continued in Edo State as the news of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s victory makes the rounds.
A High Court sitting in Abuja ruled Saturday that Ize Iyamu and the APC did not prove their case of alleged certificate forgery against the Governor of Edo State.
The court accordingly struck out the case. There had been mild drama just as the court was getting to deliver the verdict.
The presiding judge ordered a reduction in the number of persons allowed into the court room, citing Covid-19 concerns.
Reviewing the presentations made by counsels on both sides, the judge held a case of forgery has not been established beyond reasonable doubt.
It is not clear if the APC would let the matter drop at this point, or if the party would appeal against the decision.
Obaseki’s vindication by the court, particularly in the wake of the proof offered by the University of Ibadan which shows that the Edo Governor indeed graduated, puts a question mark on the claim of the APC.
The APC under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomole erroneously humiliated Obaseki, alleging publicly despite his plea that he had produced fake certificates.
Obaseki quit the APC and contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winning convincingly on the record of his achievements in an election adjudged free and fair.
The PDP in its reaction to the ruling of the High Court issued by Kola Ologbondiyan described it as “the triumph of justice, victory for democracy and a seal on Governor Obaseki’s landslide victory as the clear choice of the people at the September 19, 2020 governorship election.
“Indeed, the instant jubilation on the streets of Edo State at the news of the judgment is a resounding testimony that justice has been upheld and that Governor Obaseki’s election was in line with the wishes and aspiration of the overwhelming majority of the people of Edo State. “
Former presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar has also lauded Obaseki, saying it is victory well deserved.
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