Court Nullifies Adeleke’s Nomination As PDP’s Osun Governorship Candidate

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, on Tuesday nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State, for not possessing the minimum qualification of being educated up to secondary level as stipulated under section 177 of the 1999 Constitution.

In a suit challenging Adeleke’s qualification to contest for the office of governor, Justice Othman Musa said the plaintiffs were able to prove that Adeleke did not possess the minimum qualification as required by law.

Before the September 2018 election, two members of the APC, Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, had instituted the suit against Oyetola, the PDP and INEC, accusing Adeleke of not possessing the requisite educational qualification to contest for the office of governor.

Delivering judgement, the judge said that court findings showed that Adeleke was admitted into Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State in 1976, there was no record showing that he graduated as his name was not seen in the school’s register from 1980.

Justice Musa was of the view that the results Adeleke attached to Mr. Adeleke’s 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, where he claimed to have graduated.

INEC had declared the All Progressives Congress and its candidate Adegboyega Oyetola as the winner of the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

But the Osun State Governorship Election recently nullified Oyetola’s victory and declared Adeleke as the valid winner of the poll.

Nathaniel Oke, Adeleke’s lawyer, has faulted the judgment of the court and vowed to appeal the ruling.

According to him, the 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.

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