Ahead of the Osun State September 22 governorship election, an Abuja Federal High Court has ordered the West African Examination Council to produce the controversial results of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in the May/June 1981 examinations.
Justice O. A Musa, ruling on an ex parte application by two plaintiffs, Mr. Wahab Raheem and Mr. Adam Habeeb, specifically ordered the examination body to produce in court the ledger containing results of Ademola and his mates with whom he sat for the examinations.
He also ordered that WAEC should swear an affidavit either denying or confirming that Adeleke, an incumbent senator representing Osun West Senatorial District in the Senate, sat for the Council’s May/June 1981 examinations conducted by the Council at Ede Muslim High School in Ede, Osun State.
Based on the court order, WAEC should file the ledger and the verifying affidavits within five days of being served with the enrolled order.
Recall that Adeleke was accused of forging his WAEC certificate but he denied the allegation, claiming it’s a lie being peddled by political detractors.
However, the two plaintiffs, Raheem and Habeeb, filed a suit seeking Adeleke’s disqualification as the PDP’s candidate for the Osun State governorship election.
Adeleke, PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission as the first, second and the third defendants, respectively were in the suit.
On September 4, the plaintiffs filed an ex parte application dated September 3, seeking, among other prayers, an interim injunction against the senator’s candidacy.
On September 11, the plaintiffs’ counsel, B.J Komolafe, moved the ex parte application.
Ruling shortly after hearing the lawyer, the judge granted other prayers but refused the applicants’ prayer for restraining order.
The judge refused to grant an order restraining the INEC from recognising or giving effect to Adeleke’s nomination as PDP’s governorship candidate.
Justice Musa also refused to grant another prayer by the applicants requesting an order directing or mandating Adeleke to show cause on why the court should not disqualify him from contesting the Osun State governorship election.