UPDATED: Court clears Adeleke for Osun guber poll

…says no forgery occurred

…as Adeleke calls for peace and unity

An Osun state High Court sitting in Osogbo on Wednesday cleared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, saying he is fit to contest the September 22 gubernatorial election in the state having fulfilled the requirements of the constitution.

The judge, Justice David Oladimeji, also affirmed that no case of certificate forgery was established against the Senator.

In his ruling, the Judge cited several previous rulings on similar cases, adding that Adeleke is qualified to run for the gubernatorial position having satisfied the requirements of the ‘Section’ (177) Subsection (D) of 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

According to the details of the section mentioned above, any candidate seeking election into the highest political office in the state must be a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, be a member of a political party and being sponsored by the party as well as being educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.

The judge, who first struck out allegations bothering on forgery clarified that all documents presented by the defendant are genuine, noting that the case of forgery doesn’t exist anywhere.

He also stated clearly that the lawmaker, having fulfilled the requirements of the law is qualified to run as the case against him lacks merit, and thereby dismissed the case.

In his reaction, the counsel to Senator Adeleke, Mr Lekan Olayiwola described the judgement as a victory for democracy, affirming “we are vindicated”.

While commending the court for upholding the country’s Judicial values, Olayiwola urged members of the public, to keep supporting and vote for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)as the governor of the state in the September 22 election.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker, following the court judgment called on members of his party to be united and allow peace to reign.

He affirmed that the judgement which is a victory for good people of Osun State, should energise the party for resounding victory in September.

He appealed to those who took him to court and other aggrieved groups to forget the past and join hands with his team to dislodge the All Progressives Congress in September.

According to him, “Today’s judgement is a divine window of opportunity for all members of PDP in Osun state to unite under this victory umbrella.

“I extend hands of fellowship and brotherhood to all aggrieved party members to include those who took me court. Let us move forward.

“Political contest cannot be without grievances. We, however, must act beyond personal interests to consider the burden of leadership placed on all of us.

“Our followers are worried; they are fed up with the bickering and mudslinging. Now that all doubts have been cleared and rumours laid to rest, let us now commence the active and arduous task of aggressive campaigning.

“We are all stakeholders in this victory and coming victory in September by the grace of God!

“The suffering people of Osun state are patiently waiting on us. They know PDP is the only party that can stop the continuation of inhuman government and end the legacy of poverty.

“The voters eagerly and earnestly look up to us, the expectations are huge. I urge that we cannot afford to disappoint them”, the governorship hopeful said.

While calling on leaders and followers of PDP to launch aggressive electoral campaign, the candidate restated his commitment to run a people centered government if voted into office as Governor of Osun state.

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