A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has restrained the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, from parading himself as the candidate, pending determination of the matter before it. The Court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Adeleke’s nomination by the PDP. A High Court of Osun state, sitting in Osogbo had in August dismissed a similar suit challenging the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election. The court presided over by Justice David Oladimeji noted that the claims of the plaintiffs that Adeleke does not possess school certificate cannot disqualify him from contesting the election because the constitution does not state that a candidate for the office of the governor must possess a certificate.
But in a fresh suit filed by the duo of Mr. Wahab Adekunle Raheem, and Mr. Adam Omosallewa Habeeb, Justice O.A Musa of the FCT High Court Sitting in Bwari, while ruling on a motion ex-parte, dated 3rd September with Motion Number FCT/HC/BW/CV/122/2018, directed Senator Adeleke to appear and show cause why the court should not disqualify him from contesting the Osun state governorship election slated for September 22.
Justice Musa in the ruling delivered on Monday, also ordered the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to within five working days, produce the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination result of all candidates who sat for the May/June 1981 at Ede Muslim High School in Osun state. This is with the view to determine whether or not the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in in the September 22 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke participated in the examination.
The Court however ordered director general of WAEC or any other designated officer of the council to depose to an affidavit confirming or denying that Adeleke, with candidate number 19645/149, sat for the examination, and serve the court also within five working days. The judge also granted other prayers, including the leave of the court to grant accelerated hearing of the suit, and the leave to service the respondents, including Senator Adeleke, the PDP and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) by substituted means.