Osun 2018: Court Dismisses Certificate Forgery Case Against Adeleke

Osun state High Court sitting in Osogbo has dismissed the suit challenging eligibility of of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 22 poll in Osun state to contest in the poll.

The judge on Wednesday affirmed that no case of certificate forgery was established against the Senator.

In his ruling, the Judge who cited several previous rulings on similar cases explained that Senator Adeleke is qualified to run for the gubernatorial position having satisfied the requirements of the ‘Section’ (177) Subsection (D) of 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

According to the details of the section mentioned above, any candidate seeking election into the highest political office in the state must be a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, be a member of a political party and be sponsored by the party as well as being educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.

The judge who first struck out allegations bothering on forgery clarified that all documents presented by the defendant are genuine, noting that the case of forgery did not exist anywhere.

He also stated clearly that Senator Adeleke having fulfilled the requirements of the law is qualified to run as the case against him lacked merit, and thereby dismissed the case.

In his reaction, the counsel to Senator Ademola, Lekan Olayiwola described the judgement as a victory for democracy ,affirming “We are vindicated.

While commending the court for upholding the country’s Judicial values,Olayiwola urged members of the public, e to keep supporting and vote for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governor of the state in the September 22 election.