A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has nullified the candidacy of Senator Ademola Adeleke, who contested under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during the September 2018 Osun state gubernatorial polls.
Backstory: Justice Othman Musa ruled on Tuesday that Adeleke had failed to prove to the court that he fulfilled Section 177 of the Nigerian Constitution, by graduating from secondary school.
- Even though Adeleke had at the request of the court, submitted a list of students who partook in the WAEC exams during his set and his own result too, the court stated that there were disparities between Adeleke’s copy of the result and that of the school.
- Further inspection by the court revealed that the PDP candidate had submitted a fake WAEC certificate, as his name only featured among the list of those who took part in the English Language examination for that year.
- The court considered that proof that he was unqualified to contest in the election that took place in September.
Adeleke through his counsel, revealed his intention to seek redress against the High Court’s ruling.
Temporary Win: The court ruling is a big blow for Adeleke who was declared on March 22 as the winner of the guber polls by the election petition tribunal. INEC had previously declared Gboyega Oyetola of the APC as the inner of the election. Oyetola is currently challenging the case at the Court of Appeal.
Bottom Line: The Osun governorship seat is now the subject of a judicial chess game and possibly the subject of uncharted territory if it so happens that Adeleke triumphs in his election petition case while getting disqualified over eligibility.