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Osun PDP Members Ask Court To Nullify Adeleke's Candidature, Say He Doesn't Have School Certificate

For allegedly not having school leaving certificate, two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State have approached the State High Court asking it nullify the candidature of the party's flagbearer, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

In a suit filed at the Court on Monday, the party chieftains prayed the court to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting the name of Senator Adeleke as the party’s governorship candidate in the September 22 election.

The applicants, Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu, in their separate 29-page affidavits of extreme urgency, sought an interlocutory order setting aside the election of Adelele who was the first defendant in the matter, arguing that he did not satisfy the constitutional requirements to contest the governorship election.

With several exhibits attached, the duo claimed Senator Adeleke did not possess School Leaving Certificate as required by Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution.

While urging the court to restrain the PDP from submitting and presenting his name as governorship candidate in the 2018, they also asked the court to stop INEC from accepting his nomination.

The plaintiff also attached a copy of Adeleke’s detailed results by subjects of the examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level May/June 1981 at Ede Muslim Grammar School, Ede with Centre No. 19645 and examination number 149.

For Olabayo, he said “I know as a matter of fact that the 1st defendant attended Ede Muslim Grammar School, Ede 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.

They claimed that if the Adeleke name is presented, their party the PDP would be disadvantaged and left without a valid and eligible candidate given that he did not possess a School Certificate Level Education and thus lacks the requisite qualification to be “so presented let alone contest the 2018 Osun State Governorship Elections.”

Idowu in paragraphs 22 and 23 of his affidavits explained their submission before the court contained serious and fundamental issues while noting that the defendants will not be prejudiced is the application succeeds as the 1st defendant can always produce his School Leaving Certificate and present himself for election “if he indeed he has one as the last day of withdrawal by candidates and replacement of withdrawn candidate by political parties is 8th August, 2018.”

In his written address in support of the motion on notice and the originating summons, the applicants’ lawyer, Barrister Olufemi Ayandokun cited relevant laws and authorities, urging the court to grant the plaintiffs prayers.

He said no injustice would be done to the defendants if the application is granted “but rather the course of justice will be better served”.

Hearing of the matter has been fixed for tomorrow Wednesday, July 25 before Justice David Oladimeji of the State High Court sitting in Osogbo.

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