Efforts by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 2018 election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to dislodge the sitting Osun governor Gboyega Oyetola, suffered a setback yesterday following the judgment of an Abuja High Court.
Prior, an election tribunal gave Adeleke a boost in a split decision. It overturned the declaration of Oyetola, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, as the said election winner.
The tribunal’s judgment is being challenged by the APC and Oyetola at the appeal court.
A new twist was added yesterday. Justice Othman Musa, in a judgment, annulled Adeleke’s nomination as candidate of the PDP on the grounds that he offended Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The section states that candidates for governor must be educated up to secondary school level.
Justice Musa said while the court’s findings showed that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, there was no record showing that he (Adeleke) actually graduated.
The judge said Adeleke’s name was no longer seen in the school’s register from 1980.
Justice Musa noted that the result Adeleke attached to the 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, Osun State.
The judgment was on a suit filed by Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb.
The plaintiffs had accused Adeleke of not possessing the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest for the office of governor.