A High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled that Ademola Adeleke, who contested the 2018 governorship election in Osun State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was unfit to contest the election.
It gave the ruling based on a suit filed by Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, both chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC). They had filed the suit claiming Adeleke did not possess a senior secondary school certificate, which is required for an elective position according to Section 177(d) of the 1999 constitution.
Justice Othman Musa, the presiding judge, said findings had shown Adeleke started secondary school in 1976 but there was no record to show that he graduated as his name became missing from the school register from 1980.
He ruled that the form Adeleke attached to his form CF001 was found to be fake, explaining that it was different from the one submitted, upon request by the court, by the principal of Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State, where he claimed to have graduated from.
Nathaniel Oke, his lawyer, has said the judgment would be appealed in a higher court.
Oke argued that judge erred in law by going out of his way to source evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”, while “ignoring” WAEC evidence that Adeleke possessed the certificate.
The state governorship election petition tribunal had declared Adeleke as winner of the September 2018 election in the state. The tribunal held that the rerun election conducted in the state which saw the emergence of Gboyega Oyetola as governor, after the initial poll, was illegal.