A forensic expert, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, has alleged that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in Southern Nigeria presented two different University of Ibadan degree certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2016 and 2020.
He said this Monday while testifying as a subpoena witness at the Edo Election Petitions Tribunal in the case filed by the Action Democratic Party (ADP), and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel.
Recall that the Party and its candidate are challenging the victory of Obaseki due to the claim that he was not qualified to contest the election on alleged certificate forgery and perjury.
In the petition with reference number EPT/ED/GOV/01/2020, ADP and Emmanuel joined INEC, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, as co-respondents in the matter.
The UI’s certificate presented by Obaseki in 2016 was different from the one he presented to INEC in 2020, the retired police officer noted.
The party prayed the tribunal to disqualify Obaseki over the alleged controversial UI certificate and nullify the votes cast for him, thereby ordering INEC to conduct a fresh election involving all other qualified governorship candidates, excluding PDP and Obaseki.
The forensic document examiner was grilled during cross-examination by the lead counsel to INEC, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN; PDP, Rotimi Oguneso, SAN; Obaseki, Ken Mozia, SAN; APC, Emmanuel Usoh; and Ize-Iyamu, Austin Osarenkhoe.
Justice Yunusa Musa, leading two other judges (Justices Suleiman Abubakar and Olufunmilayo Stanley), adjourned till Tuesday (today) for the continuation of hearing in the ADP’s petition.