On the 27th of September 2018, Ademola Adeleke, the Senator currently representing Osun-West Senatorial District under the aegis of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) contested against Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in the state’s 2019 gubernatorial elections –which was marred with excessive irregularities and chaos – where the latter was declared winner after a rerun carried out due to unresolved cases of false results in some polling units across the state. Mr.. Adeleke however won in the main election after polling 254,698 votes. Subsequently, he filed a petition at the tribunal challenging the outcome of the poll.
Prior to all these, A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory nullified the candidacy of the Senator in the September 2018 gubernatorial elections as the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party over his failure to prove in court that he graduated from a secondary school, as required by section 177 of the Nigerian constitution (of the 1999 constitution as amended) which stipulates that candidates for the position of Governor must be educated up to secondary school level. The ex-parte motion was filed on September 4, 2018 by Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb, members of the All Progressives Congress.
The FCT High Court said Mr. Adeleke provided a fake document for his West African Examination Council senior school certificate. The court also said Mr. Adeleke had no way of showing that he graduated from a Muslim High School in Ede, Osun State; since after 1980, there were no recorded information on him found in the school.
In a statement made through his lawyers, Mr. Adeleke made the court know that he enrolled in the school in 1976 having graduated with completion of his WAEC exams in 1981. By court request, he provided a list of his classmates who participated with him in that year’s WAEC exams and his results obtained from the examination.
However, after court proceedings in regards to the gubernatorial election polls of the state, the election tribunal on March 22 nullified Mr. Oyetola’s victory, and gave it to Mr. Adeleke stating that the latter’s petition was with merit. It further asked INEC to issue a certificate of return to him.
In a court judgement Tuesday,2nd of April, the Federal high court again resumed on the case about Mr. Adeleke’s educational qualification saying that the WAEC results presented by Mr. Adeleke appeared different from those brought by the school. The presiding judge, Justice Othman Musa annulled Mr. Adeleke’s nomination as candidate of the PDP, ruling that he offended the section 177 of the 1999 constitution as mentioned above. The judge stated that although the court’s findings clearly verified Mr. Adeleke admission into secondary school in 1976, there was an empty record showing if really Mr. Adeleke graduated.
The judge added that from 1980, Mr. Adeleke’s name didn’t appear in the school’s register. Mr. Adeleke’s lawyer Nathaniel Oke has declared that the judgment of Justice Musa was with fault as the court wronged by dismissing the WAEC evidence showing his clients Secondary School educational qualification. The lawyer claims that the judge’s ruling was an ‘unjust conclusion’
Does this mean a loss for the senator or a mere error that poses to ridicule his person?