Court Orders Osun PDP Guber. Candidate, Adeleke to Produce Certificate as 7 Aspirants Reject His Candidacy

An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, presided over by Justice David Oladimeji, Thursday, ordered the Peoples Democratic party, governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to produce his certificate before the court on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu, who had contested the PDP governorship primary with him, had approached the court claiming that Senator Adeleke did not possess secondary school certificate as required by Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution.
They therefore told the court to set aside the July 21, 2018 primary election which produced Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the PDP.
The court, while ruling on the ex-parte application filed by the duo, 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 thereafter presents the certificate.
Justice Oladimeji 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 his 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 the window is open till August 8, according to the affidavits sworn to by the applicants.
The Judge added that “being an election matter, it is my conviction that the public will not be uninterested in the proceedings of this court”, explaining that the importance of the matter would make the court not to grant the injunction and warned that, “once a matter is before a court any party cannot take a further step without the express permission of the court”.
Justice Oladimeji thereafter adjourned the motion on notice till Wednesday, August 1, 2018 for definite hearing, adding that no form of excuse from the litigants would be tolerated by the court.
Meanwhile, the PDP forwarded the name of Senator Adeleke to the Independent National Electoral Commission as its Osun State candidate for the September 22 governorship election in the state.
The party discarded the appeal filed by Dr Akin Ogunbiyi (who came second in the party’s primary) against Adeleke.
It was gathered that the Appeal Committee of the party examined Ogunbiyi’s grounds of appeal and found them “unworthy to warrant disqualifying Adeleke from the race or overturning his victory.”
The Appeal Committee, which met in Abuja on Monday night, was said to have handed over INEC forms to Adeleke on Tuesday morning.
Adeleke, who was also introduced to the National Executive Committee meeting of the party on Monday evening by the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, as the party’s candidate for the election, reportedly submitted his form to the commission on Tuesday.
“We have upheld the outcome of the primary. Senator Adeleke remains the candidate of the party in Osun State,” the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
Ogunbiyi, in his petition, claimed that he won the contest. He asked that he be declared the candidate of the party in the governorship election.
Ogunbiyi, who polled 1,562 against Adeleke’s 1,569 votes, insisted that the primary was manipulated in favour of Adeleke.
He argued that 42 voided votes and 128 unaccounted votes belonged to him, claiming that the total votes he garnered were 1,732.
This is even as seven governorship aspirants in the primary have rejected the candidacy of Adeleke.
The aggrieved aspirants asked the national leadership of the party to rescind its decision on the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the party in the September 22 governorship election.
The aspirants – Ogunbiyi; Senators Olasunkanmi Akinlabi and Felix Ogunwale; Prof. Adeolu Durotoye and Dr. Ayoade Adewopo – said this at a joint press conference in Osogbo on Thursday.
Other aspirants who are also urging the PDP leadership to drop Adeleke are Adejare Bello and Jide Adeniji. They were both absent at the press conference, but their names were listed as supporting the call.
Olasunkanmi, who read the address said: “The candidacy of Senator Ademola Adeleke will further divide rather than unite the PDP in Osun State in view of the fact that a great number of the party members will not feel secure working for him, because of the very controversial circumstances of his nomination.
“The PDP may not be able to secure the support of critical stakeholders in the state with Senator Adeleke’s candidacy, because of his not too impressive public conduct as a senator of the Federal Republic.
“In view of the foregoing, therefore, we the under listed aspirants call on the national leadership of our party to rescind its decision on the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as our candidate for the September 22 governorship election.”
Ogunbiyi stated that he would not leave the party but would not stop to demand that the party do the right thing.
He said: “We are actually facing a challenge at present. It is a storm that will pass and I, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi and other aspirants will not leave the PDP under any guise. We believe that the leadership of the party will do the right thing. We will stay together and fight to uproot the government of APC.
“The good people of Osun State should remain calm. The PDP is the hope of Osun State. There is no alternative party that can rescue Osun State and Nigeria.
“I cannot be a mole in the hands of anybody. With my modest achievement as a village boy with this level of grace God has given me, I cannot condescend to do such dishonorable job.”
Durotoye said the aspirants and people of the state wanted the party to announce the name of the “real winner” as the party’s governorship candidate.
He said although the aspirants and the people would not defect, they would not join the alleged impunity.

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