The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday reserved judgment in the nullification of Sen. Ademola Adeleke’s candidacy to contest the Osun State September 2018 governorship election on account of forged credentials.
Adeleke, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was returned winner by the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal after Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of All Progressive Congress (APC) was declared winner of the election by INEC.
Justice Othman Musa of the FCT High Court in Bwari, Abuja had on April 2 invalidated Adeleke’s status as PDP governorship candidate following a suit challenging the authenticity of the credentials Adeleke presented to the electoral body.
The respondents in the matter are INEC, APC and Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun.
Justice Jauro Adamu, leading two other justices reserved judgment after counsel for parties had adopted their written addresses.
Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, Counsel for PDP submitted that the trial court erred in law in arriving at its decision.
Enoidem said the PDP had relied on Sections 285 (9) 285 (11) and 285 (12) to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to try Adeleke.
He said the Adeleke’s status as the candidate of the party in the governorship election had no nexus with the suit that challenged the validity of his certificate.
Enoidem also averred that the credentials presented to INEC by the party’s candidate were not forged documents, adding that the electoral body was right to have cleared him for the election.
He therefore, urged the court to reverse the judgment and reinstate Adeleke as the duly elected candidate of the PDP who was returned winner of the Osun state governorship election.