A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has nullified the candidacy of a senator, Ademola Adeleke, as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the September 2018 Osun gubernatorial elections. The court, presided by Othman Musa, made the decision after it ruled that Mr Adeleke failed to prove in court that he graduated from a secondary school, as required by section 177 of the Nigerian constitution.
In the latest judgment, the FCT High Court said Mr Adeleke who just won a Tribunal judgement as the rightful winner of Osun election, provided a fake document for his West African Examination Council senior school certificate.
According to Justice Musa, while the court’s findings showed that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, there was no record to show that he actually graduated as his name was not seen in the school’s register from 1980.
Meanwhile, Adeleke’s lawyer, Nathaniel Oke (SAN) has faulted the judgment of Justice Musa and disclosed that they will immediately commence filing of their appeal against the Judgment, the senior lawyer expressed confidence that the judgment cannot stand at Appeal Court.