Court orders Senator Adeleke to present certificate in 6 days

Court orders Senator Adeleke to present certificate in 6 days

- Some members of the PDP ask the high court in Osogbo to set aside the party’s July 21, 2018, primary election which produced Senator Ademola Adeleke as the PDP's governorship candidate for Osun state

- The presiding judge adjourns the motion till Wednesday, August 1, 2018, for definite hearing

- The presidency says the lawmakers who dumped the APC have grievances against their state governors and state party leaders; not Buhari

The high court sitting in Osogbo has asked Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the Peoples Democratic Primary (PDP)'s primary in Osun state to present his certificate before the court by Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Justice David Oladimeji issued the ruling following a suit by filed before the court by members of the PDP, namely, Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwasegun Idowu who were the plaintiffs, The Triune reports.

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The litigants had asked to court to set aside the July 21, 2018, primary election which produced Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state on the grounds that the lawmaker does not possess an educational certificate as required by section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution.

When delivering judgment, the court stated that granting the leave to restrain the PDP from presenting Adeleke as its governorship candidate over his inability to present his certificate may subject the court to mockery if the lawmaker thereafter presents the certificate.

“It will be inequitable not to allow the respondent to come and show his certificate if he has any but if given the opportunity to present a side of the case, the balance which is necessary for an interlocutory injunction would be adequately considered,” Justice David Oladimeji said.

“Being an election matter, it is my conviction that the public will not be uninterested in the proceedings of this court. Once a matter is before a court any party cannot take a further step without the express permission of the court.”

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The presiding judge then adjourned the motion on notice till Wednesday, August 1, 2018, for definite hearing. He warned that no form of excuse from the litigants would be tolerated by the court.

In another report, the presidency has stated that those who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) were against some governors and party leaders in their respective states; but not against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The assertion was made by the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, during an interview session with newsmen in Abuja, Punch reports. gathers that Enang disclosed that he had discovered, upon interaction with members of the National Assembly, that they were fully in support of the president and his 2019 re-election bid.

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