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Adeleke, Osun And The Question of Morality And Law

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Nigeria News takes a look at the litigations and moral issues in Osun governorship contest.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has described the latest judgment by the Federal High Court Abuja on Senator Ademola Adeleke as travesty of justice.

A Federal High Court at the FCT, Abuja nullified the nomination of Adeleke as the party governorship candidate in the September 2018 gubernatorial election on the ground that he did not possess the minimum qualifications of the West African School Certificate.

But the PDP argued that the court erred for failing to consider the evidence of the West African Examination Council, which confirmed that the Senator actually sat for the WASCE in 1981 at a Muslim Grammar School Ede.

What the constitution says is that a candidate vying for the governorship position must have had secondary school education. It does not necessarily mean that the candidate ought to have passed the examination.

In the case of Adeleke, the evidence by WAEC showed that he wrote the examination even though he failed, this does not disqualify him from standing for election, judging by the constitution.

However, the latest judgment was based on the fact that the result presented by Adeleke was different from the one presented by the school principal.

This is where the problem of moral question arises. There is inconsistency in the argument and the evidence tendered by Adeleke before the courts.

It was also gathered that the Senator, having sensed that he would be contesting for an elective position, enrolled for Senior School Certificate Examination with National Examination Council, NECO in 2017.

With this, a court of competent jurisdiction had earlier cleared Adeleke stating that he is qualified to contest before the recent verdict that disqualified him.

Osun election is becoming more interesting with the various litigations and petitions at the tribunal. Two weeks ago, the tribunal nullified the election of the current Governor Gboyega Oyetola and declared Adeleke as the governor.

The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to present Certificate of Return to Adeleke. INEC could not act on the order because the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Oyetola had appealed the judgment.

The governor is confident that the appellate court will upturn the tribunal verdict.   

Meanwhile, the question of moral and fraud arise with the new facts at the Abuja court on Tuesday when two invigilators during the NECO examination confessed that Adeleke never showed up to sit for the test but a relative of the senator, believed to be his cousin wrote it on his behalf.

The invigilators Messrs. Emmanuel Odesola and Adigun Akintayo said before the court that they did not set their eyes on Senator Adeleke but one Sikiru Adeleke who impersonated him. Sikiru sat for the NECO not Ademola Adeleke, they posited.

We are all waiting for the Appeal court judgment, which is the most critical now. If it favours Adeleke, will it ever remove the moral burden on him? Will it redefine the slogan of the state of virtue?

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