Adeleke’s campaign organisation rejects judgment nullifying his candidacy

Ademola Adeleke

The Campaign organisation of Ademola Adeleke has expressed shock at the judgement of a Bwari High Court on allegation of forgery against him and his qualification to contest in Osun State governorship election.

High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday ruled that Adeleke was not qualified to emerge as governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for September 2018 election.

In a statement on Wednesday by the organisation’s spokesperson, Niyi Owolade, the group said it received the judgement with shock as the school result matter had already been taken care of by two high courts.

Mr Owolade called on residents of Osun and Adeleke’s supporters to remain calm and peaceful.

He said: “First of all that the matter in question has been addressed by two High Court’s ruling, affirming that in the face of the constitution, Sen. Ademola Adeleke is qualified to run for the governorship.

“The two rulings delivered in September 2018 held that Adeleke satisfied requirement 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.”

He added that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) never denied the authenticity of Adeleke’s certificate and that the principal of Ede Muslim High School had also confirmed the authenticity of Adeleke’s statement of result during hearing on the matter by the two high courts.

The group also said it would appeal the judgement.