A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has nullified the candidacy of Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the September 2018, Gubernatorial election.
The court, presided by Othman Musa, made the decision, after it ruled that Adeleke failed to prove in court, that he graduated from a Secondary School, as required by section 177 of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999, as amended.
Newsmen recalls, that Adeleke had contested the election against other Candidates, including that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adegboga Oyetola.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Oyetola winner, after a re-run election was conducted in parts of the State, on September 27.
However, on March 22, the State Election Petition Tribunal, nullified Oyetola’s victory, and gave it to Adeleke. It asked INEC to issue a Certificate of Return to Adeleke.
Although, the APC Candidate is challenging the decision at the Court of Appeal.
In a latest judgment, the FCT High Court said that Adeleke provided a fake document for his West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate.
The court also ruled that Adeleke had no way of showing that he graduated from the Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State, since information about him were not contained in the School’s list of documents, after 1980.
Adeleke had told the court through his Lawyers, that he enrolled in the School in 1976, and graduated after writing his WAEC exams, in 1981.
Following a request by the court, Adeleke had also provided a list of students who took part in that year’s WAEC exams, and his results obtained from the said examination.
Meanwhile, in the judgement, the court declared that the WAEC results presented by Adeleke, appeared different from those brought by the School.
The court also maintained that Adeleke’s name only featured among the list of students who took part in the English Language examination, for that year.
The Judge therefore, ruled that Adeleke failed to prove that he had fulfilled the requirements necessary for participation in the September 2018, Governorship election in Osun State.