Osun Guber: Election Tribunal Rejects Governor Adeleke’s ‘Blurry’ Certificates

Osun Guber: Election Tribunal Rejects Governor Adeleke’s ‘Blurry’ Certificates

By Wires Editor | The Trent on December 2, 2022
Ademola Adeleke, Kola Adegboyega Adewusi, Atiku Abubakar,
Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke

The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal hearing the petition of former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola challenging the victory of Governor Ademola Adeleke has rejected blurry school certificates of Adeleke presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

At the last sitting, the chairman of the panel, Justice Tertse Kume compelled INEC headquarters to present the certificates of Adeleke after Osun branch of INEC refused to present the certificate.

At the resumption of the sitting on Thursday, counsel to INEC, Prof Paul Ananaba, informed Tribunal that the commission’s chair sent deputy director, Mrs. Joan Arabs, with the Certified True Copies of the documents.

The 8- page documents were presented to the sitting as Ananaba urged the court to permit the bearer of the document to leave the court immediately because she has a flight heading to catch to Abuja.

However, the lead counsel for Oyetola and All Progressives Congress, APC, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN informed the court that N305,000 was paid for the documents.

He raised concern that two pages of the documents brought to court by INEC are not legible and blurry.

He said: “WAEC GCE Certificate of Education content is not legible except for signature and Testimonial obtained from Ede Muslim Grammar School is not clear.”

Ananaba said he can not answer on the legibility of the documents submitted by the commission to the sitting.

Fagbemi posited that the scores of the candidate on the certificate were not clear, saying: “We feel worried and frustrated that INEC did not bring clean copies of the documents. The scores are not on the Certificate brought and we won’t manage the documents brought by INEC which are not legible.

“Also in the testimonial, the address of the school attended was missing. So, the legible certificates must be produced.”

After the arguments, Justice Kume adjourned the matter till Saturday, 3rd December 2022 for the INEC to present clearer documents before the court.

Source: The Nation

Osun: Governor Adeleke Directs Career Head Of LGAs Take The Helm

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun has directed career heads of Local Government Areas, LGAs, and Area Councils Development Areas, ACDAs, in the state to take charge of their councils from the sacked council chairmen and councillors.

The directive is contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s chief press secretary, Olawale Rasheed.

Adeleke says the directive is with immediate effect.

“Gov. Adeleke also directed the most senior career heads across all the local government areas, to take charge of their councils.

“This is in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the council d Local Government Chairmen and Councilors,” the government said.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, on Friday, declared the local government election conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, as null and void.

Justice Ayo-Emmanuel delivered the judgment based on a PDP suit, asking the court to stop the Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, from conducting the Osun October 15 Local Government election.

The judge, in his judgment, stated that the Local Government election that was subsequently held by OSIEC was held in contravention of Sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Reacting to the ruling, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, in Osun, Mr Abiodun Idowu, called on its members to remain calm and peaceful.

Idowu said the leadership of their party- the All Progressives Congress, APC, and all the chairmen across the 69 LGAs, ACDAs had filed a ‘Notice of Appeal and Stay of Execution’ against the ruling.


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