Police Arrest Senator Adeleke Over Alleged Certificate Forgery

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A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke

 

Senator Ademola Adeleke has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force. 

The lawmaker was taken into custody on the evening of Monday, May 6.

Adeleke’s arrest was affirmed by the force spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba.

He said: “Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person.

“Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offences in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May 2019.”

However, the Ademola Adeleke Governorship Campaign Organisation had a slightly different report regarding the lawmaker’s arrest.

The Senator’s campaign organisation claimed that the police detained the parliamentarian on old trumped up charges of certificate and testimonial forgery.

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In their statement on Monday, the organisation faulted the arrest especially on the basis that it is coming after the school principal and school authority had through affidavits “denied any forgery and owned up to the school testimonial issued to Senator Adeleke”.

According to the statement, Senator Adeleke had this morning honoured police invitation at the force headquarters, Abuja.

On arrival at the force headquarters at 9am, the communique state that the lawmaker was not attended to until later noon when he was informed of fresh charges of testimonial forgery.

It further stated that the Senator was taken to Maitama Police station with a plan to arraign him on Tuesday at an undisclosed Magistrate court.

The statement partly reads, “We alert the world to the systematic harassment and victimization of Senator Adeleke over his pursuit of the retrieval of the governorship mandate freely conferred on him by the people of Osun state. A tribunal has declared him duly elected and a ruling on the appeal is pending. Yet, the police in connivance with the appellants have decided to unjustly incarcerate and raised trumped up charges which have been clarified by relevant authorities.

“The Principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through an affidavit before Bwari High Court that the school indeed issued the testimonial. WAEC equally testified that the Senator sat for the examination. For the Police to revive this old clarified issue confirms political vendetta.

“We call for urgent intervention of well-meaning Nigerians to stop this emerging rape of democracy. The case for which the Police is acting is subjudice. It is sad to note that the Police appears to have become a tool in the hands of enemies of rule of law.”

The Ademola Adeleke Governorship Campaign Organisation urged its supporters to remain calm, stressing that justice shall prevail on the lawmaker’s case.

Nigerians Won’t Accept Any Excuse If Any Harm Comes To Adeleke, PDP Cautions Police, APC

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(File) Senator Ademola Adeleke// [email protected]

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that there is a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest its candidate in the 2018 Osun governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan late on Sunday, May 5, the party claimed that the APC wants to use security agents to detain the lawmaker.

The PDP said it has learned of a fresh plot by the APC “to use some elements in the Police to hound and incarcerate our victorious Osun state governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, all in the bid to browbeat him to relinquish his mandate.”

The PDP said there are increasing numbers of threats daily to Senator Adeleke’s life from those who allegedly do not want him to take over as Osun state governor, following a ruling by the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal.

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Below is the full statement as put out by Kola Ologbondiyan on behalf of the PDP.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerts of a fresh plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use some elements in the Police to hound and incarcerate our victorious Osun state governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, all in the bid to browbeat him to relinquish his mandate.

The PDP already has new information of how the APC, having seen that there is no way it can stop Senator Adeleke at the courts, now seeks to forcefully hound him into a police station where he will be incarcerated and put out of circulation before the determination of the matters in court.

Apart from executing this script of the APC, these elements in the police have no other reason for continuously hounding Senator Adeleke, as he is already in court for all the frivolous allegations preferred against him. If they truly want Senator Adeleke for any new issue connected with the charges for which he is already in court, it should present such before the court instead of resorting to bullying.

Nigerians will recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of threats to Senator Adeleke’s life. These threats have not only continued unabated but have heightened with this renewed hounding by these elements in the police, who are being used by the APC.

Our party cautions that Nigerians are not ready to accept any excuse from anybody should Senator Adeleke suddenly becomes a victim of accidental discharge, sudden disappearance or failing health. They know who to hold responsible.

The APC should end this siege on Senator Adeleke and accept the fact that he has the mandate of the people of Osun state as their governor and no form of machination will subvert this reality.

The PDP, therefore, charges the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to rein-in his men on issues related to Senator Adeleke’s determination to retrieve his governorship mandate, which was stolen by the APC.”

Appeal Court Adjourns Senator Adeleke’s Eligibility Case

 

The court of Appeal sitting over the case of eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke in the September 2018 governorship election has adjourned till the 2nd of May 2019.

The adjournment is on the request of the counsel to Senator Adeleke, to allow for amendments to observations made by the second respondent over some missing pages in the processes filed, which is responsible for the delay in filing his brief of argument.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the election petition filed by the governor of Osun challenging the verdict of the State’s election petition tribunal which nullified his election.

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After taking arguments from parties in the appeals, Justice Jummai Sankey announced that judgment has been reserved and that the parties will be informed as soon as they are ready.

In three separate appeals filed by Governor Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission, they asked the appellate court to set aside the March 22nd, 2019 judgment of the Osun state election petition tribunal which declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun gubernatorial election.

Governor Oyetola’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun pleaded with the five-man panel of the Appeal Court Justices to void the judgment of the tribunal because it violated the electoral act 2010 and judicial precedence of the supreme court.

INEC in its own appeal argued by Yusuf Ali informed the Appeal Court that the findings of the tribunal were wrong because they were based on uncertified documents dumped on the tribunal by Senator Adeleke and the PDP.

Osun Election: Tribunal Reserves Judgement On PDP, Adeleke’s Petition

 

 

The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal has reserved judgment in the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the September 2018 governorship election held in the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

PDP and Senator Adeleke are, by their petition, challenging the declaration of Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The tribunal, after entertaining final arguments and adoption of written addresses by lawyers to the parties, announced that judgment has been reserved.

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Tribunal Chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo said parties will be informed, at least, 48 hours before the date of delivery of the judgment.

Wole Olanipekun appeared for the governor; Akin Olujinmi represented the APC, while Lasco Pwahomdi appeared for INEC.

In adopting their separate final addresses, Olanipekun, Olujinmi, and Pwahomdi urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition on the grounds that the petitioners have failed to prove their case.

But lawyer to the petitioners, Onyechi Ikpeazu, urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and grant all the reliefs prayed by the petitioners.

Osun Election: I Will Surely Dance To Government House – Adeleke

Senator Ademola Adeleke with former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar during a rally by the Peoples Democratic Party in Oshogbo on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. PHOTO: Twitter/Atiku Abubakar

 

The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the Osun State Governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, says he is confident of victory.

Adeleke said this during a town hall meeting organised by Oduduwa Youth Development Initiative in Osun State on Wednesday.

“I will surely dance to government house by winning all the Local Government areas in Osun State on Saturday (September 22).

“I have been tagged ‘Dancing Senator’ but this shouldn’t be used against my personality because everybody dances. Have you seen someone who doesn’t dance?” he said.

Adeleke explained that his love for dancing dates back to his school days when he used to participate in dancing competitions.

“When I was in the university overseas, I used to go for a dancing competition. I do win the dancing competition. This is the reason why I was nicknamed ‘Jackson’ but my real name is Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke.

“There is no crime in dancing. My traducers are only trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. I strongly believe in my supporters’ vote and, by it, I will dance to the government house by winning in all the local government areas in Osun State.

Senator Adeleke also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the state, particularly over the failure to fully pay workers.

“Anybody who fails to pay his or her labourers is wicked and I can boldly say that APC government is wicked for not paying her workers in the state.

“When I get to power, I will overturn it by ensuring that the welfare of every worker in the state is catered for.

“The insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress government is responsible for the state LAUTECH is in today and it is evidently clear to the masses that PDP government takes education as a priority.”

Police File Charges Against PDP Governorship Candidate, Adeleke

The Nigeria police force has filed charges against a governorship aspirant in the upcoming Osun State election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The charges against the Senator include examination malpractice, aiding and abetting, impersonation, and criminal conspiracy.

The police has therefore asked Adeleke to report at the Special Investigation Panel alongside Mr Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff allegedly responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO) and Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who allegedly facilitated the commission of the crime).

Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told journalists on Wednesday that investigations revealed that Senator Adeleke and his brother Sikiru Adeleke registered and sat for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) 2017 as internal candidates, impersonating students of the school at the ages of 57 and 42 years respectively.

Moshood explained further that both Senator Adeleke and his brother Sikiru Adeleke’ s pictures were captured in the school’s photo book of 2017 but no NECO seal was found on their photos, unlike the rest of the students.

The  Police also in a statement on Wednesday added that investigation revealed some culpability facts against Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others.

“Senator Ademola Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school and did not sit for the examination but have a result from NECO with Seven (7) Credit and One (1) Pass, a copy of which was obtained from NECO by the Police.

“The Ojo/Aro 2017 NECO, SSCE school photo album (School’s copy), with Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke Photographs in school uniform in the said album. Senator Ademola Adeleke in the NECO 2017 Result obtained by the claimed that he was born on 12th June 1997 but in his statement to the Police, senator Ademola Adeleke wrote 13th May 1960 as his date of birth.

“The photographs of both Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke appearing side by side in the photo album have no NECO stamps on them,” the statement read in part.

Court Fixes August 8 To Rule On Adeleke’s Certificate Controversy

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(File) Senator Ademola Adeleke// [email protected]

 

The Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has fixed August 8, 2018, to rule on the suit challenging the eligibility of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Citing Section 177(D) of Nigeria constitution, the plaintiffs, Mr Rasheed Olatunji and Mr Idowu Oluwaseun, had on July 3, 2018, approached the court contending that the PDP candidate was not eligible to participate in the primary election of the party because according to them he did not possess the minimum educational qualification required.

They, therefore, prayed the court to set the result of the election aside.

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On July 26, 2018, at the returned hearing of the matter, the court adjourned the case till August 1 for definite hearing but the process was stalled following a request by the plaintiffs for out of court settlement – a development that led to the further adjournment of the case till today (August 6).

Appearing before the court today, Barrister Olufemi Ayandoku, the lead counsel to the plaintiffs revealed that the parties could not go on with the dialogue.

According to him, the parties would lock horns since barrister Edmund Biriomoni, the counsel to Ademola Adeleke had filed other preliminary objections and written on the prayers of the plaintiffs.

The counsels, thereafter, put the dialogue behind and expressed readiness to go on with the case.

In his argument, Biriomini asked the court to strike out the notion on notice for want of competence and jurisdiction pointing out that the Federal High Court is in position to decide the case.

The respondent, in opposition to the suit, filed three affidavits and written addresses deposed to, by Adeleke.

On the motion of the notice, Biriomoni stressed that one needs not pass the Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and that only prove of education up to the level is enough to make one eligible for a governorship position.

However, the plaintiffs’ counsel argued that the testimonials and the Statement of Results presented by counsel to Senator Adeleke on the senator’s education up to secondary school level, submitted before the court and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), were forged.

He noted that Osun State was created in 1991 and that the document which was dated and purportedly issued in 1988 at Muslim Grammar School Ede could not have originated from the state because as at the said date Ede was in Oyo State.

He also added that the SSCE examination which the senator claimed to have sat for was not in existence as of 1981 when he claimed to have written it.

Furthermore, he cited Section 31 (5) of the Electoral Law which stipulated that any person can approach the court if any candidate presented a false affidavit or document to INEC.

The court then adjourned the case till Wednesday (August 8), for final judgment.

Osun Primary: Adeleke Dragged To Court Over Alleged Forged Certificate  

Senator Ademola Adeleke, who recently won the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, has been dragged to court by some aggrieved members of the party.

The members are seeking that the court grant an interim order to set aside results of the recently concluded election, claiming that Adeleke has no primary school leaving Certificate.

The plaintiffs also asked the court to grant an order restraining the PDP from presenting Adeleke’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the September 22nd governorship poll.

When the case came up for mention on Wednesday, July 25, the counsel for the applicants, Mathew Ayandokun, prayed the court for an interim order setting aside the election of Adeleke. He also asked the court to stop the INEC from accepting his nomination as the party’s flag bearer.

Ayandokun after the court hearing told journalists that his client is challenging Adeleke in court because he does not possess and has not produced his school leaving certificate.

Adeleke’s lawyer, Edmond Biri-Omoni, however, debunked these claims.

Biri-Omoni, while addressing journalists insisted that his client has a certificate. He added that it will be proper for him and his client to be put on notice and served with the necessary papers before coming to court.

Justice David Oladimeji adjourned ruling on the application till Thursday, July 26.

Adeleke, a lawmaker representing Osun West district in the National Assembly during the primary held on Saturday, July 21 polled a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes.

Osun PDP Primary: Delegates Protest, Allege Result Was Rigged

 

 

Some members and delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State on Monday stormed the party secretariat to protest over the results of the just-concluded gubernatorial primary.

The protesting members at the party secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun state capital carried various placards and chanted slogans alleging that the primary results were manipulated to favour Senator Ademola Adeleke who was declared the winner.

PDP Chieftain, Funso Babarinde told Channels Television during the protest at the party secretariat that the delegates are protesting discrepancies in the primary result.

“We are here to protest the manipulation and the non-compliance with the voting rules and process that took place on Saturday under the supervision of the Governor of Bayelsa State Seriake Dickson.

“The delegates are saying that they voted Dr Akin Ogunbiyi to be the flagbearer of party. But through the process, his votes were manipulated and stolen. They asked for a recount, they recounted only his votes and didn’t count other votes. We are suspecting a lot of discrepancies about this primary,” he said.

They called on the National leadership of the party to order a recount of the votes cast and declare Akin Ogunbiyi as the rightful winner of the primary.

The lawmaker representing Osun West district in the National Assembly, Senator Adeleke won the governorship primary with a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes.

Aspirant Rejects Osun PDP Primary Results

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One of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Osun State who contested in the just-concluded primary, Akin Ogunbiyi, has rejected the results of the election.

Ogunbiyi told journalists on Sunday that the votes attributed to him at the poll were much lower than the votes he actually garnered. He vowed to seek immediate redress.

The presiding officer of the election, Governor Dickson Seriake of Bayelsa State, while announcing the results on Saturday, declared that Ogunbiyi polled 1, 562 votes and lost to Senator Ademola Adeleke who polled 1,569 votes.

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Ogunbiyi, rejecting the verdict said the outcome of the primary election has been a subject of concern to a majority of party members. According to him, the members are disappointed, disillusioned and confused by the conduct of the exercise and the results declared.

“Some of the major issues which compromised the integrity of the exercise and made the results clearly unacceptable include the non-adherence to the provisions of the Electoral Guidelines and manipulation of the accreditation, voting, sorting and counting of the votes cast by delegates at the primaries.

“Consequent upon these infractions, therefore, the votes attributed to me at the end of the voting exercise were much lower than what I actually scored as valid votes. I have therefore resolved to use the internal mechanism of the party to seek an immediate redress of this injustice which is contrary to the spirit of transparency and justice being propagated by the new leadership of our party led by the National Chairman, Uche Secondus,” Ogunbiyi said.

He also appreciated co-aspirants who stepped down their individual ambitions to support him in clinching the PDP ticket and also extolled all delegates from the 332 wards in Osun state who participated in the election.