Adeleke is Eligible to be Governor – Appeal Court

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The Appeal Court in Akure on Saturday affirmed the eligibility of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in the last Osun governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, to contest the election.

The court ruling, therefore, contradicts the verdict of an FCT High Court, Bwari, which, few days ago, said Adeleke was not eligible to run for governorship, for alleged certificate forgery.

The ruling was given in Akure, the Ondo State capital by presiding judge M.A Danjuma and the duo of Justice R.M Abdullahi and P.A Mahmoud.

The court had Justices R.A Abdullahi and P.A Mahmoud as members of the panel.

The appellate court allowed the appeal on the grounds that the complainant, Awosiyan Kingsley, from Ife Central, lacked the locus standi. It also established a case of lack of jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

The first ground was that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

The second was that the sponsored petitioner; one Kingsley Awosiyan from Ife Central has no locus standi to file the case and third was that the matter was brought to court outside the stipulated 14 days after the conduct of the Governorship primary election.

The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, had in a spilt judgment, declared Adeleke winner of the governorship election.

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