Nigeria: Court orders guber candidate, Sen. Adeleke to present college certificate next week amid forgery allegation
Osogbo, July 26, 2018 (AltAfrica)-An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, Nigeria on Thursday ordered Senator Ademola Adeleke to present his original secondary school certificate on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
Justice David Ademola, who made the order in a suit instituted against the Senator who is also People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate for the state guber election, by one Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu, declared that it would be inequitable not to allow the lawmaker to show his school leaving certificate to court if he has any.
The duo had approached the court, claiming that Senator Adeleke did not possess Certificate as required by Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution and asked the court to set aside the July 21st, 2018 PDP primary election which produced him as the party’s flagbearer.
While ruling on the ex-parte application filed by the two members of the opposition party on Thursday, Justice Oladimeji explained that granting the leave to restrain the PDP from presenting Adeleke as its governorship candidate over his inability to present his certificate may subject the court to mockery if the Senator presents the certificate thereafter.
The judge said, “It will be inequitable not to allow the respondent to come and show his certificate if he has any but if given the opportunity to present side of the case, the balance which is necessary for interlocutory injunction would be adequately considered”.
Justice Oladimeji explained further that the ex-parte injunction has only seven days lifespan and that there were still window left open till August 8 according to the affidavits sworn to by the applicants.
“Being an election matter, it is my conviction that the public will not be uninterested in the proceedings of this court. Once a matter is before a court any party cannot take a further step without the express permission of the court”.
The matter was thereafter adjourned till Wednesday, August 1, 2018 for definite hearing.