Men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have arrested Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate for Osun state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), according to his campaign organisation and his party.
The organisation said Adeleke, a senator representing Osun West district, had honoured an invitation at the force headquarters in Abuja, but was detained.
The organisation said: “We alert the public, diplomatic and democracy community worldwide that the Nigerian police has arrested and detained Senator Ademola Adeleke on old trumped up charges of certificate and testimonial forgery,” the statement read.
“This is after the school principal and school authority have through affidavits denied any forgery and owned up to the school testimonial issued to Senator Adeleke," it added.
The statement said Adeleke arrived at the force headquarters at 9am and was not attended to until later in the afternoon when he was informed of fresh charges of testimonial forgery.
He was thereafter taken to Maitama police station with plan to arraign him on Tuesday, May 7, at an undisclosed Magistrate court, according to the statement which alleged that Adeleke was being victimized because of his zeal to reclaim “governorship mandate freely conferred on him by the people of Osun state.”
The statement recalled how the principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through an affidavit before Bwari high court that the school indeed issued the testimonial.
It said WAEC equally testified that the senator sat for the examination.
The organisation called for the urgent intervention of well-meaning Nigerians to stop the arrest of Adeleke adding that the case for which the police is acting is subjudice.
Confirming Adeleke's arrest, the PDP said it was scared that the life of its governorship candidate could be in jeopardy. It added that the police acted in total disregard for the extant order of the Federal High Court.
“The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 constitution (as amended).
“This is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to coerce Senator Adeleke to relinquish the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun state, which was further established by the election petition tribunal,” the PDP alleged.
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The party claimed that the plot is to drag Senator Adeleke before a compromised magistrate court over the same issues of alleged forged school testimonial that is already before the Federal High Court with a view to using such corridor to secure a conviction.
The PDP alleged that there was a plan to ensure that Senator Adeleke was not free to be sworn in as governor of Osun state because of the fear that he would “obtain justice and retrieve his stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that PDP, on Sunday, May 5, claimed that there is a plot by the ruling APC to arrest Senator Ademola Adeleke.
In a statement signed by the party's spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, the party claimed that the APC wants to use security forces to detain the senator.
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