The internecine feud between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, seems to have no respite in sight as the governor has been dragged to court over alleged certificate forgery.
Obaseki and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have been in supremacy battle over the control of the party in the state.
The culmination has damaged their once-upon-a-time cordial relationship that was underscored by Oshiomhole’s support for Obaseki’s election as his(Oshiomhole’s) successor irretrievably.
The governor’s re-election bid has not enjoyed the support of his predecessor. If anything, he has fiercely opposed it.
The latest hurdle intended to put Obaseki’s re-election in harm’s way with the DNA of Oshiomhole imprinted on it, is a legal case instituted by one Edobor Williams, Ugesia Godwin and Amedu Anakhu.
Williams, Godwin and Anakhu have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to disqualify Obaseki from contesting the September 19 governorship election in the state on the ground that university education certificate he paraded is dodgy.
In the suit, the trio alleged that the University of Ibadan certificate which the governor attached to his Form CF.001 and submitted to INEC for his first term election in 2016 was forged.
Joined as respondents to the suit were: the All Progressives Congress, the Inspector-General of Police and Obaseki himself.
In a related development, the APC said that it is determined to avert the incidence that denied the party victory in Bayelsa state, and as such will thoroughly screen the aspirants for the Edo governorship party primaries slated for June 22.
This was conveyed via a statement the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, released.
It reads in part: “In our bid to ensure due diligence and transparency in the screening exercise and learning from our recent shocking experiences, we are determined to avoid any lapses in the process.
“Therefore, we are making the submitted information and documents of the governorship aspirants available to our party members and the public for verification of claims and to support the screening panel with information or any objection to the claims contained in the submission by the aspirants.
“Consequently, the various submissions will be displayed at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja and in Benin City, the Edo State capital from Monday to Tuesday June 8 to 9, 2020 for claims and objections.
“We are inviting party members and indeed members of the public to assist the screening committee by scrutinizing the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and availing the screening committee of counter and correct information, if applicable.
“Recall that in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines, APC had earlier released its timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2020 governorship primary elections in Edo State.
“Accordingly, sales of nomination and expression of interest forms began at the APC National Secretariat from Wednesday May 20 to Tuesday June 2, 2020.
The last day for submission of completed forms and accompanying documents was Wednesday June 3, 2020.
“As earlier stated, publication of claims and objections will be from Monday to Tuesday June 8 to 9, 2020. Screening of aspirants has been slated for Wednesday to Thursday June 10 to 11, 2020. This will be followed by screening appeal which will hold on Friday June 12, 2020. The primary election will hold on Monday June 22, 2020, while election appeal has been slated for Wednesday June 24, 2020.”