The Supreme Court sit in Abuja on Friday struck out Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s of the All Progressives Congress appeal challenging the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the 2020 governorship election in Edo State.
The judgment which was delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim stated that the appellants failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“The appellants failed woefully to prove their case, they did not provide any disclaimer from the school that the result was not issued by them to Obaseki.
“This court agrees with the lower courts completely, that the appellants did not meet sufficient requirement to prove their case”.
The Apex Court, however, awarded a cost of one million naira in favour of Governor Obaseki.
The appellant court held that the Federal High Court, in its judgment by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was right to have held that the party failed to prove its claim that Obaseki presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission to contest the last governorship election in Edo State.
The Appeal Court further held that Mohammed’s verdict was without ambiguity and that the APC did not prove its case.
“The findings of the lower court cannot be faulted,” it held, and awarded N250,000 cost in favour of Obaseki, and N50,000 each for his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party and the INEC.