No fewer than 35 officers of the Nigeria Police Force and Civil Defence personnels are strategically positioned at a Federal High Court Abuja building (in Maitama) where Justice Ahmed Mohammed is billed (on Saturday) to rule on the alleged certificate forgery case instituted against the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki.
The governor was sued by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one Mr Williams Edobor.
Our correspondent observed that the police came with about seven patrol vans and everyone (particularly visitors and journalists) were told to wait outside the court till the case begins.
Also, Twitter is agog as users are busy defending or accusing Obaseki over the matter.
Recall that the defense counsel, Ken Moziah SAN had presented witnesses to prove the validity of Obaseki’s certificate.
But counsel for the APC, Chief Akin Olujimi, had claimed that he was confident that the judge would rule in his favor.
“We expect that we should win, that’s the confidence we have,” he told journalists on Thursday.
Counsel for the All Progressive Congress(APC), Chief Akin Olujimi, said on Wednesday, that he was confident that Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, will not win the alleged certificate forgery case filed against him by the party. .
“As I always say, when you go to war, you want to win that war. So we came in prepared to do battle and we have done it.
“We expect that we should win, that’s the confidence we have,” he said to journalists after the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned the matter to January 7.
Obaseki, through his lawyer, Ken Moziah SAN, had closed his defense during the court proceedings on Wednesday.
His defense witnesses had debunked the allegations of forgery levelled against him by the APC.
On his part, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who presided over the matter ruled that “this matter is adjourned to 7 January for final adoption of written addresses by counsels at 2pm.”
Rasak Isenalumhe stood in for the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had M.A. Bawa as its counsel.
As for Obaseki’s lawyer, Mosiah, he told newsmen that he had done his part to prove the integrity of the governor’s certificates, adding that he expects the judgement of the court to go in his favor.
” We also hope that with the evidence adduced, that at the end, victory will be ours because I think we have done enough to convince the court that our defense is solid and meritorious and then you must be guided by the evidence aduced in court and we hope and believe that that is what the court will do,” he said.
THE WHISTLER earlier reported that the governor had decamped from APC due to a rift with the then party leadership.
He eventually got re-elected on the platform of the PDP.
Among other documents, the governor had tendered his first School Leaving Certificate(1971), Ordinary Level Certificate (1973), and Higher School Certificate (1976), as evidence.