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Osun Guber: Court Fixes May 8 To Hear Adeleke’s Appeal

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has fixed May 8 for the hearing of the appeal by Senator Ademola Adeleke, challenging the nullification of his nomination as candidate of the Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP), in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

When the case came up yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was not represented in court which necessitated the adjournment of the appeal.

The court ordered that hearing notices should be served on all the parties in the matter.

The three-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya, said the separate appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be heard together with the main appeal brought before the court by Osun State governorship candidate of the PDP in the last governorship election held in the state on the next adjourned date.

In the PDP’s appeal filed by its national legal adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, the party wants the appellate court to upturn the decision of the High Court of the Federal Capital that nullified the nomination of their candidate for the election.

Justice Oathman Musa of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, sitting in Bwari, had last month in a judgement, nullified Adeleke’s nomination as the candidate of the PDP in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State, on the grounds that he (Adeleke) offended section 177 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The section stipulated that candidates for the position of governor must be educated up to secondary school level.

Adeleke, who represents Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly faulted the judgement of Justice Musa on the grounds that the judge erred in law by going out of his way to source for evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”.

He submitted that the court erred particularly when it ignored WAEC evidence that Adeleke was educated up to Secondary School level as required by law.

LEADERSHIP Friday recalls that two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, had before the governorship election in Osun State dragged Adeleke to court, accusing him of not possessing the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest for the office of governor.

They prayed the court for an order to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state on the grounds that he does not possess the requisite educational qualification.

 

 

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