Obaseki presented different UI certificates to INEC in 2016, 2020 – Forensic expert

Governor Obaseki

By Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The University of Ibadan (UI) Bachelor’s Degree certificate forgery and perjury case against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Monday resurfaced at the state’s election petitions tribunal in Benin.

At the resumed sitting, a forensic expert, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), declared that the UI’s certificate presented by Obaseki in 2016 was different from the one he presented in 2020 to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Onwuzuligbo, who appeared based on the subpoena by Action Democratic Party (ADP), and its governorship candidate, Iboi Emmanuel, testified and was cross-examined by the counsel to the respondents.

ADP and its governorship candidate, in the petition with reference number: EPT/ED/GOV/01/2020, prayed the tribunal to disqualify Obaseki over his controversial UI certificate and nullify the votes cast for him, thereby ordering INEC to conduct a fresh election involving all other qualified governorship candidates, excluding PDP and Obaseki.

The respondents are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The forensic document examiner (Onwuzuligbo), was grilled during cross examination by the lead counsel to INEC, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN); PDP’s Rotimi Oguneso (SAN); Obaseki’s Ken Mozia (SAN); APC’s Emmanuel Usoh; and Ize-Iyamu’s Austin Osarenkhoe.

Justice Yunusa Musa, who led two other judges (Justices Suleiman Yahaya Abubakar and Olufunmilayo Stanley), adjourned till Tuesday for continuation of hearing in the ADP’s petition.

The tribunal also heard the petition by the governorship candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Tracy Agol, who also prayed for an order to compel INEC to conduct fresh election involving all the qualified candidates, excluding PDP and Obaseki.

Counsel to the first respondent (INEC) in Agol’s petition, Razak Isenalumhe, opened his defence by tendering the Certified True Copies (CTCs) of INEC’s timetable and schedule of activities for the September 19, 2020 election in the state.

No objection was raised by the lead counsel to PDP, Hamed Raji; Obaseki, Ken Mozia, SAN; and Agol, Stella Agoha.

In Agol’s petition, the chairman of the tribunal adjourned till Wednesday for defence of the second respondent (PDP).


  1. The problem is that Nigeria Journalism has become a tool in the hands of opposition. Now they are blowing the trumpet because PDP is in power in Edo. This was how they helped APC to fight GEJ by firing all kinds of news in all cylinders using Sahara reporters, TVC, the Nation newspapers and even Punch. They know the public consume all kinds of information presented to them, it was used to deceive many people. Now everyone is facing the damage brought by this present Govt. They were blaming GEJ at the onset, now they know that it is easier said than done. they wanted power and they have it, now APC has become ALL PROMISES CANCELLED. all facet of the economy are in shambles and people are dying of hunger due to bad governance,

  2. What was a forensic expert, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) achievement in the Police Force? Many Nigerians cannot think well. This case is already dead on arrival. Good that the lawyers are getting money in order to feed fat. Good that the stolen money are being redirected to the society. Foolish people.
    My incredible Governor Obaseki please do not let all these affect your good plans for your state. Please carry on. God and the people of Edo State are with you.
    Fake Pastor Ize-Iyamu complete failure. I told you before and during the voting that you were not going to win and that you will cry more than you did when you failed the first time. This is the second time and if you tried the third time you will fail again and again.

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