In a shocking move, three members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun state have dragged the party and its governorship candidate in the September 22 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to court for allegedly contesting PDP governorship primary election with a fake certificate.
The plaintiffs sought Adeleke’s disqualification from the September 22 governorship election for allegedly submitting fake certificates to secure clearance for the PDP primary.
It would be recalled that two PDP members, Rasheed Olabayo and Idowu Oluwaseun, before the governorship election, dragged Senator Adeleke before Justice David Oladimeji of an Osogbo High Court seeking his disqualification from the governorship election, because the federal lawmaker did not have minimum educational requirement to contest for the office of governor.
Justice Oladimeji, in his judgement, relying on the Supreme Court judgment on a similar case between Terver Kakih v. PDP, 2014 and Sections 318 (d) and 177 ( d), said the PDP candidate was qualified to contest the September 22 governorship election.
However, joined in the fresh suit instituted by Awoosiyan Olalekan, Ojejade Thomas and Awodire Sina, filed before Federal High Court, Osogbo, are Independent National Electoral Commission and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The plaintiffs, in an originating summon dated October 30th, 2018, filed before a Federal High court in Osogbo, through their counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, said that the participation of Adeleke at, and his return as the winner of the governorship primary conducted by the PDP on the 21st of July, 2018 for the purpose of him being the candidate of the party and his subsequent participation in the governorship election of the 22nd of September, 2018 as the party’s candidate, was null and void because he presented false information to the electoral commission.
They also told the court that all votes allocated to the Adeleke at, and his return as the winner of the primary election, which led to his nomination and the subsequent participation of Adeleke in the governorship election as the PDP candidate should be voided on account of ineligibility, false information and submission of false documents.
They urged the the court to determine whether Adeleke should not have been disqualified from flying the flag of PDP on account of ineligibility, false information and submission of false documents he allegedly presented to INEC.