- Senator Ademola Adeleke has told the Court of Appeal that his WAEC certificate is authentic
- Two chieftains of the APC had dragged Adeleke to court over alleged forgery of his certificate
- Adeleke, however, noted that his certificate was not forged as being alleged by the APC chieftains
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Osun 2018 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has told the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja that his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to secure clearance for election, is authentic.
Business Day reports that he said on Tuesday, May 14, that he never forged the certificate as alleged by his opponents.
Legit.ng gathered that Adeleke insisted at the appellate court that the certificate attached to his nomination form CF 001 was lawfully issued to him and as confirmed by WAEC in its affidavit evidence submitted to the Federal Capital (Territory FCT) High Court.
He, therefore, pleaded with the court to set aside the judgment of Justice Oathman Musa of an FCT high court which erroneously held that his certificate was forged as alleged by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the final adoption of his brief of argument by his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), Adeleke told the three-man panel of the court presided over by Justice Adamu Jauro, that what he presented to the electoral body to secure qualification for the gubernatorial election was exactly what the examination body presented before the lower court when it was ordered to do so by Justice Musa.
He insisted that results, scores and content in both certificates were the same, adding that the only difference was the format it was presented.
Adeleke further told the appellate court that Justice Musa erred in law when he ignored a document he ordered to be presented before reaching his decision that Adeleke did not possess requisite academic qualification for the office of governor, adding that there was no case of non-qualification or forgery against Adeleke before the lower court.
He consequently urged the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment of the lower court and dismiss the suit of the two APC chieftains for being incompetent and lacking in merit.
Similarly, the PDP in its own appeal argued by Emmanuel Enoidem, urged the appellate court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent and statute barred. The PDP legal adviser said the suit was caught by the Fourth Alteration Act to the 1999 Constitution, having not been filed within the 14 days allowed by law.
According to Enoidem, the suit was filed after 44 days the cause of action arose while judgment was delivered outside the 180 days prescribed by law for a pre-election matter.
The PDP added that the trial court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit because the cause of action arose in Osun state.
In their own argument the two respondents through their counsel, Joel Akomolafe, however urged the court to uphold the judgment of the lower court, adding that the appellants did not appeal the issue of jurisdiction at the lower court.
He informed the court that the trial court had dismissed Adeleke and PDP’s motion challenging jurisdiction on the grounds that it was canvassed belatedly.
The three-man panel after taken arguments from counsel subsequently reserved judgment to a date to be communicated to parties in the matter.
Recall that two chieftains of the APC, Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, had before the governorship election in Osun state dragged Adeleke to court, accusing him of not possessing the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest for the office of governor.
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They prayed the court for an order to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state on the grounds that he does not possess the requisite educational qualification.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Senator Adeleke said he had instructed his counsels to challenge the Court of Appeal judgement which upheld Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s election at the Supreme Court.
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