Alleged certificate forgery: Court adjourns suit against PDP’s Adeleke indefinitely

Alleged certificate forgery: Court adjourns suit against PDP’s Adeleke indefinitely

A certificate forgery suit instituted against Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election in Osun, was on Tuesday, September 25, adjourned indefinitely by a court.

The suit brought against Adeleke by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was adjourned indefinitely by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Bwari, Abuja.

This Day reports that the court action seeking disqualification of Adeleke from participating in the governorship election on the grounds of not possessing requisite educational qualification was adjourned indefinitely by Justice Othman Musa.

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The court’s decision followed the non appearance in court of the plaintiffs as well as their counsel, Bankole Akomolafe.

The report said Wahab Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb, who are the APC chieftains, had through their counsel, Akomolafe instituted the suit in Abuja, praying Justice Musa to disqualify Adeleke from contesting the Osun state governorship election on the grounds that he was not educated up to secondary school as he claimed in his nomination form, CF001.

Joined as defendants in the suit are the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The report said while Justice Musa, in a ruling in an ex parte motion on September 11, refused to stop Adeleke from parading himself as PDP candidate, he ordered the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to produce in court on September 19, its ledger for the 1981 examination which Adeleke had claimed he participated in.

WAEC, had on September 19, served the court and other parties in the suit with its 1981 exams ledger which confirmed Adeleke as one of their candidates in the exams with centre number: 19645 and candidate number 149 at Ede Muslim High School, prompting further hearing in the suit to be fixed for Tuesday, September 25.

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When the case came up on Tuesday, September 25, Chief Nathaniel Oke announced his appearance for Adeleke and Emmanuel Enoidem for PDP, while the APC chieftains and their counsel who jointly fixed the hearing date did not appear in court without any explanation.

The report said the counsel to Adeleke and PDP urged the court to dismiss the suit in its entirety due to the non appearance of the plaintiffs without any notification, but Justice Musa ruled that the matter be adjourned indefinitely and that parties would be contacted when a new date is fixed. earlier reported that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election in Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola, on Monday, September 24, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of vote buying during the election.

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