PDP’s Adeleke not qualified to contest for Governorship – Court
A Federal High court sitting in Abuja has declared that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ademola Adeleke who contested the 2018 governorship election in Osun state was never qualified to contest.
The ruling was based on a suit filed by Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The suit sort to disqualify Adeleke over allegations that he was not in possession of secondary school certificate (SSCE).
The certificate is required for an elective position, according to section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had confirmed that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981.
The council confirmed Adeleke’s participation in an affidavit provided at the request of the court. However, in his ruling Othman Musa, the presiding judge, added that while the court found that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, it was not able to prove that he actually graduated as his name was no longer seen in the school’s register from 1980.
Based on that, the judge further said the result Adeleke attached to his form CF001 which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was fake.
He added that it was found to be different from the one presented to the court by the principal of Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun, where Adeleke supposedly graduated from, TheCable reports.
In a swift response, Nathaniel Oke, Adeleke’s lawyer, decried the judgment of the court and vowed to appeal the ruling in a higher court.
Oke argued that judge erred in law by going out of his way to source evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”, while “ignoring” WAEC evidence that Adeleke possessed the certificate.
Recall that the state governorship election petition tribunal last two weeks had declared Adeleke as winner of the September 2018 election in the state.
In its ruling, tribunal the held that the rerun election conducted in the state which saw the emergence of Gboyega Oyetola as governor, after the initial poll, was illegal.
INEC had announced Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election.
But the PDP and Adeleke filed a petition at the tribunal, challenging Oyetola’s victory.