A High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.
It will be recalled that few weeks to the poll, two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, reportedly dragged Adeleke to court, accusing him of not possessing the requisite educational qualification to contest for the office of Governor.
In his judgement, Justice Othman Musa held that the plaintiffs were able to prove that Adeleke did not possess the minimum qualification of being educated up to secondary level as stipulated under section 177 of the 1999 Constitution.
According to Justice Musa, the court’s findings showed that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, but there was no record to show that he actually graduated, as his name was no longer seen in the school’s register from 1980.
Justice Musa said that the results Adeleke attached to his form CF001 which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission was fake, as 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.
Reacting to the judgment, Adeleke’s lawyer, Nathaniel Oke (SAN), expressed displeasure about the verdict.
He said the judge erred in law by going out of his way to on his own source for evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”, as he failed to take into account the West African Examination Council certificate evidence tendered before the court.