The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure has affirmed the eligibility of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ademola Adeleke, to participate in last year’s Osun state governorship election.
Backstory: Adeleke’s victory was nullified by a Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Othman Musa who said that the senator failed to prove that he graduated from secondary school. That ruling has now been overturned by the Appeal Court which ruled that he is qualified.
The three member Appeal panel consisting of M.A Danjuma, R.M. Abdullahi, and P.A. Mahmoud, ruled the following:
- That Awosiyan Kingsley had no lucus standi to file the case,
- That the High Court in Bwari, Abuja, did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
- That the matter was brought before the court after the stipulated 14 days after the conduct of the primary election, within which a litigant on pre-election matters could institute a case.
Bottom Line: There is still the possibility that the ruling is appealed at the Supreme Court, so the the debate on what happens if Adeleke is declared ineligible to run but wins his election petition is still alive.