Judge’s ill-health stalls hearing in APC’s suit seeking Obaseki’s sack

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THE planned resumption of hearing in the suit seeking the sack of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki was stalled on Thursday at the Federal High Court in Abuja, following the complaint of ill-health by the trial judge.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed had, on Wednesday, adjourned till yesterday for the defence to cross-examine the fourth plaintiffs’ witness in the suit filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and one of its members, Edobor Williams.

The party and Williams are querying, among others, the authenticity of Obaseki’s academic credentials, particularly his first degree certificate which he claimed to have obtained from the University of Ibadan (UI).

Defendants in the case are: Obaseki, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At the mention of the case around 2 p.m yesterday, Justice Mohammed announced that he was feeling unwell and had undertaken blood test before the court’s sitting.

The judge said, while awaiting the result of the test, he could conduct proceedings for one hour to afford the plaintiffs the opportunity to close their case, a suggestion plaintiffs’ lead lawyer, Akin Olujinmi (SAN), did not object to.

But, lawyers to Obaseki and the PDP, Ken Mozia (SAN) and Razaq Isenalumhe, said they would prefer that the judge adjourn till Monday to enable him attend to his health.

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