Nigeria: Court dismisses alleged forgery suit against Obaseki, as Assembly confirms his Commissioner nominee

Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed against the Governor of Edo, Godwin Obaseki.
Justice Chikere struck out the case due to the absence of the plaintiffs and the defendant in court.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the plaintiffs in the suit; Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu, had accused the governor of engaging in certificate forgery.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020, they accused Obaseki of forging his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Ibadan.
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).
They prayed the court to, among others, hold that Obaseki was “not qualified to run or seek election to the office of the governor of Edo” in the forthcoming 2020 governorship election.
At the mention of the case on Monday, neither the plaintiffs nor their lawyers were in court.
The defendant too was not represented.
Justice Anwuli Chiekere, in view of the development, struck out the suit. 

ASSEMBLY CONFIRMS COMMISSIONER NOMINEE, OTHERS

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday confirmed the nomination of Mr Stewart Efe as a Commissioner and member of the state executive council.

The house after the screening of the nominee declared him fit and educationally qualified to serve as a commissioner in the state .

Efe was thereafter confirmed through a voice vote by the lawmakers.

Also, the house confirmed four non ex-officio members of the state Judicial Service Commission.

The four members were Mr Dele Edokpayi, Mr Mustapha Abubarkar, Mr Anthony Ogbeibu and Mrs Felicia Ogbeide.

Meanwhile, the house has adopted a business calendar of 55 sitting days for its second session, first quarter spanning between June 29 and Sep.11, 2020.

The house leader,Mr Roland Asoro moved the motion for the adoption of the business calendar.

The motion was seconded by Mr Ephraim Aluebhosele representing Igueben Constituency.

The Speaker, Mr Francis Okiye had welcomed members from the long recess and thanked them for not allowing the political situation in the state to cause disharmony among them.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki had requested the house to approval for the appointment of Efe as a Commissioner in the state.

 

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