An Abuja High Court sitting in Bwari Area Council of Abuja has nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the September 2018 Governorship Election in Osun State.
Adeleke is a serving Senator, representing Osun West District at the National Assembly.
Two Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, had few days to the governorship election in Osun State in 2018 dragged Adeleke to court, accusing him of not possessing the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest for the office of governor.
They prayed the court for an order to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the Sept 22 governorship election in the state on the grounds that he does not possess the requisite educational qualification.
Delivering judgment in the suit, Justice Othman Musa annulled Adeleke’s nomination on the grounds that Adeleke offended section 177 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
The section stipulated that candidates for the position of governor must be educated up to the secondary school level.
According to Justice Musa, “while the court’s findings showed that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, there was no record to show that he actually graduated as his name was no longer seen in the school’s register from 1980.”
Musa further said that the result Adeleke attached to his form CF001, which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 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 in Osun State.
“With all the evidence presented before the court, the defendant is hereby disqualified from contesting because at the beginning even before the primary, he should not have contested,” he said.
Meanwhile, Adeleke’s lawyer, Nathaniel Oke, (SAN) has faulted the judgment.
According to Oke, the judge erred in law by going out of his way to source for evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”.
He submitted that the court erred particularly when it ignored WAEC evidence that Adeleke was educated up to Secondary School level as required by law.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo