Edo 2016: PDP asks court to disqualify APC candidate Obaseki

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The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has asked a court to disqualify the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki, from contesting Saturday’s governorship election.

The PDP alleged that Mr. Obaseki made false claims and provided false information on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Chairman of the party, Dan Orbih, gave the hint on Tuesday at a press conference in Benin City. He called on voters in the state not to “waste their votes for the APC because the party has no candidate for the election.”

Mr. Obaseki and INEC were joined in the suit No. FHC/B/CO/120/16 dated September 1 and filed by Joseph Aghimien, on behalf of the PDP and its legal adviser, Edoba Omoregie.

According to Mr. Orbih, the party asked the Federal High Court in Benin for a declaration that Mr. Obaseki’s statement that he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.A in Classical Studies in 1976 was false.

He said the APC candidate made the statement under oath in INEC form CF001, Part B, paragraph C dated July 11.

“In addition the party is asking for a declaration disqualifying Obaseki from contesting the Edo state governorship election scheduled for September 10, 2016 on grounds that he submitted false information on oath to the INEC on Form CF001 (and) therefore lied under other,” he said.

He added that Mr. Obaseki’s non-disclosure of his membership of a secret society disqualified him from contesting for the office of governor of Edo state.

“In all, Obaseki has failed to fulfil the requirements of the Constitution which in Section 182 (I) h) specifies the qualifications a person must have to contest the governorship of a state,” he said.

Responding to the PDP’s litigation, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Edo State, Godwin Erhahon, described the action as a move by a desperate and helpless party seeking to truncate the expected victory of the APC candidate.

“They have a right to go to court, but they are not the ones to give the verdict,” Mr. Erhahon said.

He said the case against Mr. Obaseki would not succeed before the court and that the APC candidate was properly screened by INEC which has the constitutional powers to do so.

Asked to respond to the specific allegation of perjury, Mr. Erhahon said his party would respond to the issue in court as it would be prejudicial to offer a defence.

“The PDP went to court and they are already out with the verdict that our candidate will be disqualified,” he said. “That is prejudicial and contempt of the court.”

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  • RestructureNigeriaNow

    Why these APC people always involved in lies and perjuries? Non of them is good, whether PDP or APC but the lies from APC is too much and has brought us to this mess we are in.

    • vagabonds in power

      another Bingo Buhari ati tinubu—-wahala again–not one APC candidate ever contest elections with his or her true certificates—it is always forgery

  • vagabonds in power

    We are disappointed with those that voted, canvassed for or aided Buhari’s emergence as the President of this Country. Yes, US and Britain supported him because they prefer a pawn, as a matter of fact, a man without any clue of the game theory. Even Abacha understood better, God bless his soul, because Buhari has made him a saint. Nigerians were better off, in spite the numerous sanctions and embargoes placed on Nigeria, during Abacha’s era.

    1.1 All of a sudden, in what appears to be a spell on some of us, we lost every sense of our past history. A man who in his name, some innocent people were brutally killed including youth Corpers, when he lost the presidential election of 2011. Maybe someone should show me a video clip of him visiting the deceased families.

    We are disappointed with those that voted, canvassed for or aided Buhari’s emergence as the President of this Country. Yes, US and Britain supported him because they prefer a pawn, as a matter of fact, a man without any clue of the game theory. Even Abacha understood better, God bless his soul, because Buhari has made him a saint. Nigerians were better off, in spite the numerous sanctions and embargoes placed on Nigeria, during Abacha’s era.

    All of a sudden, in what appears to be a spell on some of us, we lost every sense of our past history. A man who in his name, some innocent people were brutally killed including youth Corpers, when he lost the presidential election of 2011. Maybe someone should show me a video clip of him visiting the deceased families.

  • Arabakpura

    The court has already supported this type of thing in the Abia gubernatorial battle! PDP should just work hard and not bank on frivolous charge!

    • Mayo

      No, the court did not do so in Abia

      • Arabakpura

        Alright, we will see! The Abia case has one more rung of the ladder to climb; the Supreme Court!

    • sab

      Please the case of Abia State is not CERTIFICATE FORGERY. It is a case of IMPROPER TAX CLEARANCE. Let’s put facts straight because it is sacred!

      • Nazerine

        With APC everything is certificate and presentable to INEC including NEPA Bill, Tax Clearance paper, Cambridge Certificate issued by Katsina school Principal, etc.

  • donMe$$i

    Laying false claims to educational qualifications/Certificates & Perjury is a ‘virtue’…IN APC.

  • GEJ FOREVER

    WHEN WILL NIGERIA GET RID OF THESE COMMON MENTALLY LAZY GUTTER CRIMINALS

    1. Muhammadu Buhari ……. WASC forger

    2. Bola Tinubu …….. University Certificate forger

    3. Adams Oshiomhole ……. Primary School Certificate forger

    4. Rochas Okorocha …. All of the Above

    When will these common criminals make their home in jail?

    • Nazerine

      Better put, “Rochas Okorocha …. All of the Above and MORE”

    • St

      U people are funny believing media certificate shits-of lies…. Most of these men who they said has forged certificates, they do have classmates except the media still has to say that the classmates are fake too…we are humans, we should endevour to be wise and not receive any dirt so quickly….

    • OGK

      Oshiomole, a primary school certificate forget? You must be a comedian. Nigeria has never produced an intelligent and well-educated unionist like Oshiomole. You must be in your diapers when he took on the military regimes of IBB and Snacks, bringing them to their knees with superior arguments and facts. Even that aside, does it behoves of an Ijaw with the fish brain to categorise some people as lacking certificate. Remember, up till today, Unimportant has still not been able to bring out publicly the so-called dissertation of your god , the ineffectual buffoon.

  • Truth Justice Equity

    PDP is a bunch of unstable, not serious, careless, irresponsible politicians. No body will ever weep for a party that irresponsibly betrayed Nigeria into the hands of the most sophisticated axis of evil on earth.if not because APC is a compound evil,no body will ever remember a party that foolishly handed Nigeria into tribulations.

  • Julius

    Why is the PDP so worried about the APC candidate ? It seems to me that what they should do is work, campaign hard to beat him at the polls unless their are scared.