- Senator Adeleke has replied Festus Keyamo over allegation of certificate forgery
- Adeleke said Keyamo was ill-informed and failed to get his calculation right before leveling such a mischievous allegation
- Earlier, Keyamo had berated the Osun senator for presenting false certificate to INEC during the state guber election in 2018
Senator Ademola Adeleke has hit back at the spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, over the allegation of certificate forgery brought against him by the senior lawyer.
Adeleke, who is the governorship candidate of the PDP and senator representing Osun West senatorial district, described the allegation that he presented fake certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as spurious argument made out of ignorance.
In a statement released by Niyi Owolade, the spokesperson for the Ademola Adeleke campaign Organisation, the senator said he did not at any point present a false certificate to the electoral empire.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to a tweet credited to Mr. Festus Keyamo that Senator Ademola Adeleke forged a statement of result he presented for election and that WAEC did not attest his certificate. We suspect that Mr. Keyamo must have been misinformed or failed to get his facts correctly.
“For his information and that of the general public, both WAEC and the school principal of Ede Muslim High school, Ede attested Senator Adeleke’s result through sworn affidavits before FCT High Court, Bwari.
“We advise the president’s campaign spokesman to get his facts straight before making public statements. Being a Senior Advocate of Nigeria demands that level of responsibility. Senator Ademola Adeleke did not at any time forge any certificate for this election or for any other purpose.
“Let us repeat for the umpteenth time that the principal of Ede Muslim High School, Ede and WAEC were summoned by the court in a case filed by the APC against Senator Adeleke."
He added that since the Court of Appeal has affirmed his eligibility, no court verdict has come with a contrary argument.
He said: "First, the public is fully aware that both WAEC and the Principal attested to Adeleke’s qualification.
“Secondly, by the combined effect of Sections 177 and 318 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, Senator Ademola Adeleke is qualified to contest for the office of a State Governor.
“Thirdly and much more critical, WAEC and the principal affirmed in their respective affidavits that there was no forgery as results submitted by Adeleke tallied with their records.
“We wish to conclude by informing the public once again that apart from the above attestation of Adeleke’s qualification, there are two subsisting high court judgments, affirming Senator Adeleke’s eligibility to contest for office if governor.”
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Recall that Keyamo, in a series of tweets said that WAEC certificate is not needed to be governor or president. He added that in the case of Osun state, the allegation of forgery of WAEC certificate by the PDP candidate, Adeleke, requires disqualification.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Osun chapter of All Progressives Congress had reacted to the judgment of an Abuja High Court which disqualified Ademola Adeleke from contesting the state governorship election of 2018.
The party alleged that Adeleke presented a fake statement of result of the secondary school he attended and was currently under investigation for another NECO certificate forgery allegation.
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