31st of May, 2019.
A court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has nullifies a high court judgment on Senator Ademola Adeleke’s ineligibility to contest in the last September 23rd Osun state governorship election.
The high court which sat in Abuja on 2nd of April, had voided Adeleke’s eligibility on the ground that, the embattled Senator had forged his Secondary School certificate and is therefore, not qualified to have contested.
However, an Appeal Court sitting in Abuja yesterday, which was made up of a three-man panel has unanimously throw out the high court verdict, indicating that the high court was wrong to have jumped into conclusions and not follow the laid down due process in delivery of their judgment.
Justice Agim of the Appeal court, faulted the high court’s judgment on territorial jurisdiction, as only a high court in Osun can entertain such suit, since the event surrounding Adeleke’s ineligibility took place in the state of Osun and also that INEC displayed the candidates and their credentials on their notice board at the headquarters in Oshogbo, the three-man panel therefore rule that the high court lacks territorial jurisdiction to entertain the matter ab initial.
This judgment has paved way for the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the last Osun election to further pursue for justice regarding his alleged stolen mandate.
Senator Ademola Adeleke had approached the Supreme court to overturn Court Of Appeal’s verdict, that declared Oyetola as the rightly elected governor in the last Osun governorship election, with Senator Ademola having earlier won at the Tribunal earlier this year.
The Supreme court hearing for the governorship tussle has been fixed for 24th of June, 2019 in Abuja.