The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke has been declared eligible to contest the September 2018 governorship election in the state.
The ruling was given by the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure on Saturday.
The court affirmed the ruling of an Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, which had earlier ruled that the PDP candidate was eligible for the election.
It therefore dismissed the appeal to the high court ruling.
The appeal was dismissed on three grounds.
The first ground upon which the appeal was dismissed was that the court ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.
Secondly, the court also ruled that the petitioner, Kingsley Awosiyan from Ife Central did not have any locus standi to file the case.
The appeal court also said the 14 days after the PDP governorship primaries had elapsed before the case was filed in court.
While reacting to the judgment, Adeleke’s counsel, Nathaniel Oke noted that the Appeal Court judgement had nullified an earlier ruling by a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court which declared Adeleke ineligible.
According to presiding judge, Justice Othman Musa, it was able to be proved by the plaintiffs that Adeleke did not possess the minimum qualification of being educated up to secondary level as stipulated under section 177 of the 1999 Constitution.
According to the judge, the WAEC results Adeleke submitted with his form to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC was fake.
He said it was different from the results presented to the court by the Principal of Ede Muslim High School, Ede, where Adeleke said he finished from.
The judge further said Adeleke was not known to have graduated from the school in 1980, according to investigations, although he was admitted to the school in 1976.
Meanwhile, the PDP has hailed the judgement of the Court of Appeal declaring Adeleke was eligible to contest the governorship election.
In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the zone, Mr Ayo Fadaka, the party said the court was fair and professional in the judgement.
The statement read in part, “This judgment has most fortunately castrated the curious verdict of the FCT High Court, Bwari.
“While we await hopefully the removal of all roadblocks that the APC has installed to forestall the inauguration of Sen. Adeleke as governor of Osun State, we express our confidence in the judiciary to do the needful in ensuring that justice and fair play continuedto remain as the threshold upon which our democracy is built.
“We congratulate the people of Osun State and our party for this victory.”
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