Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, in the upcoming September 22 Osun governorship elections, did not graduate from an American university as he claims, an investigative report has revealed.
According to the Investigative Center for Investigating Reporting, ICIR, Adeleke was confirmed to have attended the Jacksonville State University (JSU), in the United States but did not complete his programme.
Premium Times reports that the Buffy Lockette, the Director of Public Relations, JSU, told its partner, the ICIR, that they do not have Adeleke registered as a graduate of the university on their records.
In response to an email inquiry by the investigative medium, Lockette said, “Your request was forwarded to me,” started Lockette. “According to our records, he attended JSU but did not graduate. I cannot provide any additional information. Perhaps you can learn more at http://www.studentclearinghouse.org.”
Adeleke, who currently represents Osun West senatorial district, has been enmeshed in a controversy after he emerged as the PDP's gubernatorial candidate for the Osun governorship election last Saturday.
The lawmaker has been accused by some of his contestants at the primaries of not possessing a valid university certificate and parading a fake secondary school certificate.
Two PDP members, Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu, have filed a suit before an Osun State High Court, asking for an order to set aside Adeleke’s election as the party’s flag bearer in the election.
Olabayo, in his affidavit, said the senator truly attended Ede Muslim Grammar School “but did not leave with a School Leaving Certificate having absented himself from the school leaving examinations but for English where he scored a failing mark of F9.
Ruling on the plaintiffs’ ex-parte application on Thursday, Justice David Oladimeji gave Adeleke six days, that is till August 1, 2018, to provide his certificate.