The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday tendered two more documents in support of its allegation of certificate forgery levelled against the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
One of the documents was the original copy of a first-degree certificate awarded to Emmanuel Balogun and by the University of Ibadan on July 6, 1979.
Obaseki had said he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from the same university in the same year.
The other document admitted as exhibit by the court was a report of a forensic document examiner, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr Raphael Onwuzuligbo.
The documents were tendered by the plaintiffs’ witnesses who were led by the plaintiffs’ counsel, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN).
Justice Ahmed Mohammed admitted the two documents as exhibits.
Under cross-examination by the defence, Balogun had said he had never seen Obaseki’s original certificate to tell if it was forged or not.
He said, “I have never set my eyes on original certificates of the first defendant, Godwin Obaseki.
“Because I have not seen any of Governor Obaseki’s original certificates, I am not in a position to make comments on any of them.
“As of 1976, there were different entry requirements for preliminary and direct entry students.
“As of then, admission requirements varied from one faculty to the other. The basic requirement for admission was five credits, including Mathematics and English Language, but anyone coming in through direct entry must have made the five credits and then choose two subjects in HSC.
“Generally, a certificate is signed by the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar, with a date on it. All certificates issued by the University of Ibadan had a coloured logo on it.”
Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned till Thursday to enable the defence to cross-examine Onwuzuligbo whose report of forensic document examiner was admitted as an exhibit.
The APC and one of its members, Mr Williams Edobor had sued Obaseki, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, seeking the disqualification of Obaseki in the September 19, 2020, governorship election over alleged forgery and perjury.