Osun State Deserves Better Than Adeleke-APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun state has reacted to the verdict of an Abuja High Court which disqualified Ademola Adeleke from contesting the state governorship election of 2018. The party described the “verdict as a victory for the state, because Osun deserves better than an ill-educated juvenile as its governor. The APC in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy Kunle Oyatomi said, “long before independence, this state has produced intellectual giants and exceptionally brilliant businessmen and technocrats including jurists of international standard. The statement reads: ”We’re too civilised to have a Ademola Adeleke as governor who presented a fake statement of result of the secondary school he attended and is currently under investigation for another NECO certificate forgery allegation. ”The court judgment therefore corroborated what we have known all along that this young man is best suited for the dance floor of a discoteque rather than the intellectually high demand of running Government Secretariat at Abere. “Of all the highly qualified and intellectually solid individuals available even in the PDP, the party went for the lowest possible cadre, whose integrity is questionable but whose wealth is limitless. ”Fortunately for Osun, we can depend on Nigerian’s jurisprudence to uphold justice at the most critical point. ”We hope that the Appeal Court handling Osun governorship dispute will take judicial notice of this judgment that has practically disqualified Ademola Adeleke from the governorship position. But the Adeleke Campaign Organisation in its reaction said the “Flawed Bwari Judgement Against Senator Adeleke Can Not Stand!!!”. The organisation in a statement issued by Mr Niyi Owolade said: “We received with bewilderment the judgement of a Bwari High Court on allegation of forgery against Senator Ademola Adeleke and his qualification to contest in the governorship election of Osun state. The judgement delivered today (tuesday) subverted justice by ignoring four critical evidence to rule against validated facts and submissions. “While we are set to appeal the judgement, we also find it compelling to put the records straight by listing out the fatal flaws in the ruling and why it cannot stand before any court. “It would be recalled first of all that the matter in question has been addressed by two High Courts’ ruling, affirming that in the face of the constitution, Senator Ademola Adeleke is qualified to run for the governorship office. “The two rulings delivered in September 2018 held that Senator Adeleke satisfied all requirements of the law to contest for office. It is trite in law that once a court of coordinate jurisdiction has ruled on a matter, court of similar jurisdiction cannot entertain it. Shockingly, the Bwari judge breached this precept to subvert justice. “Secondly, we want to note that the judge further erred in law by failing to take note of the expiration of 180 days for ruling on pre-election matters. Even when a December 2018 judgement with respect to the issue was presented, the judge chose to ignore it. We note that the judge violated the law by adjudicating over a matter whose filing and hearing period has expired. “Thirdly, the West African Examination Council was also subpoened by the court at the instance of the two APC plaintiffs (working covertly with some moles within PDP) to present evidence of facts that Senator sat for the WASC Exams. The council produced the listing of all students who sat for the May/June examination in 1981 alongside the Senator in addition to the certified true copies of his school certificate result. “From the evidence produced by the Council, it is crystal clear that Senator Ademola Adeleke was indeed educated beyond the minimum requirement of “up to secondary school level” as stipulated by law and therefore qualified to run for the office of governor in accordance with section 177 (D) of 1999 CFRN (as amended). Not withstanding, the judge still went ahead to rule otherwise. “The only statutory body empowered by law to determine authenticity of a secondary results is the West African Examination Council and they confirmed the authenticity of Senator Adeleke’s result by producing a CTC of the same result. What evidence did the judge therefore base his ruling on? “Fourthly, the plaintiffs shocked by WAEC’s testimony, again subpoened the school principal to appear in court to produce evidence of facts as well as to confirm the authenticity of the statement of results. The principal appeared and confirmed that the statement was genuinely issued by the school and that any error noticed on the statement was that of the school, not that of Senator Adeleke. The school did not at any point disown the statement of results.The school owned up to the error which was not about forgery. “From the foregoing ,we affirm that today’s judgement of the Bwari court is a travesty of justice, a purchased ruling designed to negatively affect the outcome of Osun governorship judicial process. “We declare unequivocally that the ruling being so glaringly against tested facts and the law cannot stand. It is also clear that the ruling cannot in anyway stop the reality that Senator Ademola Adeleke fulfilled constitutional requirements to be Governor of Osun State. “We appeal to our numerous supporters and good people of Osun state to remain calm This is another failed bid in the efforts of detractors and enemies of democracy. Senator Ademola Adeleke is not only qualified but by the grace of God will soon be sworn in as the legitimate Governor of Osun State”, he added. Photo Credit: Getty

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