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Court Adjourns Certificate Forgery Suit Against Adeleke Indefinitely

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Bwari, Abuja, handling the certificate forgery suit against the Osun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Isiaka Adeleke has adjourned the case indefinitely.

The suit was instituted by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb, against Senator Adeleke.

The plaintiffs sought court action to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the governorship election on the grounds of not possessing the required educational qualification.

Justice Othman Musa adjourned the case indefinitely following the nonappearance in court of the plaintiffs as well as their counsel, Bankole Akomolafe.

The plaintiffs had asked the court to disqualify Adeleke from contesting the Osun State governorship election on the grounds that he was not educated up to secondary school as indicated in his nomination form.

Other respondents in the suit are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

They urged the court to prohibit PDP from nominating Adeleke as its candidate and INEC from recognising Adeleke as a contestant in the election.

Previously, another court had ordered the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to produce in court its ledger for the 1981 examination showing that Adeleke participated as claimed.

In compliance with the court order, WAEC had on September 19, served the court and other parties in the suit with its 1981 exams ledger which confirmed Adeleke as one of their candidates in the exams with centre number: 19645 and candidate number 149 at Ede Muslim High School.

When the matter came up for hearing today, Chief Nathaniel Oke SAN announced his appearance for Adeleke and Emmanuel Enoidem for PDP, but the plaintiffs and their counsel were missing in court.

The counsel to Adeleke and PDP, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the suit in its entirety due to the nonappearance of the plaintiffs and their counsel for no just cause.

Justice Musa, however, ruled that the matter be adjourned indefinitely and that parties would be contacted when a new date is fixed.

Meanwhile, Adeleke has participated in the election and gathered more votes that his APC counterpart.

INEC, though, declared the election inconclusive and ordered a rerun on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

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