By Uche Mbah
The Dance of victory has suddenly been frozen by the People’s Democratic Party candidate for the Osun governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, as an Abuja High Court nullifies his nomination as the governorship candidate of his party, asserting that he did not satisfy the condition which stipulates that he must have school certificate or it’s equivalent. Adeleke has been having a contentious battle on whether he sat for the West African School certificate exam or not.
Only recently, an Abuja High Court has declared him winner of the governorship election recently conducted in the state, saying that it has been proved he defeated the governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola. Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has since appealed against the ruling.
Adeleke is currently representing Osun West senatorial district in the Red Chambers.
The latest ruling has dampened the hope of the choreographic senator waltzing his way into Osun government house.
It will be recalled that two chieftains of the APC, Wahab Raheem and Adams Habeeb, had in 2018 filed a case against Adeleke claiming that he does not possess the requisite qualifications to contest for the governorship elections in the state.
In his judgement, Justice Othman Musa cited section 177 of the 1999 constitution as amended, noting that while the court found out that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, there is no records showing he graduated as his name was no longer seen on the class register in 1980. According to him, the result Adeleke attached to his CF001 that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was fake.
His Lawyer, Nathaniel Oke, SAN, has set the grounds of Appeal that the Judge ignored the WAEC evidence that was tendered in court.
As news of the judgement filtered in, there were reports that tension has been mounting in the state. People were reported discussing the development in clusters