The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has asked a Federal High Court in Benin City, to stop Godwin Obaseki from contesting the September 10 election for alleged false claims and information on oath to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obaseki is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, disclosed the party’s court action yesterday at a press conference in Benin City where he called on voters in the state not to waste their votes for the APC because the party has no candidate for the election.
Joined in the suit No. FHC/B/CO/120/16, dated September 1, 2016, filed by Chief Joseph Aghimien (SAN) on PDP’s behalf and Professor Edoba Omoregie, the party’s legal adviser, are Mr Godwin Obaseki and the INEC.
Orbih said the party asked the court for a declaration that Obaseki’s statement that he graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.A. in Classical Studies in 1976 made under oath in INEC form CF001 at Part B, paragraph C dated 11July, 2016 was false.
In addition, the party is asking for a declaration disqualifying Obaseki from contesting the Edo state governorship election scheduled for September 10, 2016 on the grounds that he submitted false information on oath to the INEC in Form CF001.
Orbih added that apart from misleading the INEC with false information, the fact that Obaseki failed to declare if he was a member of a secret society disqualified him from contesting for the office of governor of Edo state.
He said Obaseki had 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 seat of a state.