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Certificate Saga: Senator Adeleke Survives Fresh Litigation



The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke survived another legal tussle over his alleged ineligibility to contest the election.

The State High Court yesterday dismissed the suit filed by Oyetunji Suredi and Olagboye Adedamola following their withdrawal of the case from Court.

The plaintiffs,  Mr Oyetunji Suredi and Mr Olagboye Adedamola had approached the court seeking the nullification of gubernatorial candidature of Senator Adeleke and the declaration of Akin Ogunbiyi as the authentic candidate of the party.

Ruling on the case filed by two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Justice David Oladimeji dismissed the case with fifty thousand Naira cost against the plaintiffs.

Lawyer for the plaintiff had created mild drama when he informed the court that though the plaintiffs had instructed that the case be withdrawn, the legal team was still waiting to resolve some issues.

But the judge in response noted that all other issues can be taken care of advising that the instruction of the plaintiffs be effected.

Also responding, the lawyer to Senator Ademola Adeleke, Chief Nathaniel Oke while welcoming the decision to withdraw the case however urged the judge to dismiss the case.

In his ruling, Justice Oladimeji dismissed the case urging the plaintiffs to go back to their party for internal unity.

Responding to the ruling, Barrister Niyi Owolade, another counsel to Senator Adeleke, said the judgement is expected as the case has no basis in law and practices.

“We knew from the beginning that the case has no basis as the constitution is explicit on requirements for standing for elections. Senator Adeleke is evidently qualified to contest the governorship. This is the second ruling.

“We therefore urge PDP members to unite for the election ahead. Now is the time for campaign, not for frivolous litigation,” Owolade said.