A high court sitting in Abuja has recently nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.
Delivering a judgment in a suit challenging Adeleke’s qualification to contest for the office of a governor, Justice Othman Musa held that the annulled Adeleke’s nomination is based on the grounds that he violated section 177 of the 1999 constitution as amended, which stipulated that candidates for the position of governor must be educated up to the secondary school level.
The judge said though he found from the evidence placed before the court that Adeleke was admitted into Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State in 1976, there was no record showing that he graduated from the school, as his name was not seen in the school’s register in 1980.
The judge also allegedly stated 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, Osun state.
Reacting to the judgment on Tuesday, Adeleke’s lawyer, Nathaniel Oke (SAN), expressed displeasure about the verdict, which he said failed to take into account the West African Examination Council certificate evidence tendered before the court. He said the judge erred in law by going out of his way to source for evidence to arrive at his judgement.