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Published On: Thu, Jan 7th, 2021

Alleged Cert forgery: Obaseki closes defense

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…as parties adopt final addresses today

By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

The parties in the alleged certificate forgery suit against Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki will adopt their final addresses in the matter today.
Meanwhile, the governor, yesterday, closed his defense in the case after calling the third and final defence witness in the suit instituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC)and a party chieftain, Edobor Williams.
The plaintiff, APC, had presented six witnesses during hearing of the suit.
In his testimonial, the third defence witness, Professor Eghosa Osaghae of the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Ibadan, presented the certified true copy of the result of Obaseki.
The certified true copy of the witness’ Political Science certificate issued by the University of Ibadan in 1979 was admitted as exhibit by the court.
He related his experience trying to make a duplicate copy of his certificate on an A4 paper, where he said the portion of the document that had the date and registrar’s signature was cut off in the process of photocopying.
During cross examination of the witness, he said with the constraints in photocopying, he will take the risk and tender an incomplete copy of his certificate than tendering nothing at all, bearing in mind that it is subject to verification.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed prevailed on the counsels of all parties in the suit to present their final addresses orally due time constraints, with the suit scheduled to lapse by Sunday 10th of January.
All parties in the suit agreed to file and exchange final addresses in electronic copies with the matter adjourned till Thursday 7th January for adoption of written addresses.

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