Hearing of Adeleke’s suit challenging nullification as Osun PDP Candidate stalled

Posted by News Express | 26 April 2019 | 1,058 times

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 The hearing of appeal filed by Sen. Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Osun State in the September 2018 governorship election, was on Thursday stalled at Court of Appeal, Abuja, on account of improper service.

Adeleke had approached the appellate court to challenge the decision of Justice Othman Musa of the FCT High Court in Bwari, Abuja, made on April 2, which invalidated his status as PDP governorship candidate.

It would be recalled that Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, both of the Osun chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), had instituted the suit, accusing Adeleke of not possessing the requisite educational qualification.

At the resumed hearing, Mr Bankole Komolafe, counsel for Raheem and Habeeb, drew the attention of the court that four vital pages of the notice of appeal served on him were not included.

Komolafe also submitted that the development had prevented him from filing his respondents’ brief.

Mr Nathaniel Oke (SAN), counsel to Adeleke, earlier told the court that he had met all conditions for preparatory for the definite hearing of the appeal.

Oke informed that court that the four listed respondents were duly and promptly served with the notice of appeal on April 15.

He, therefore, described the inability of the counsel to the first (Raheem) and second (Habeeb) respondents to file his client’s responses as a violation of the court’s practice direction, which allowed them only five days for response.

Komolafe subsequently countered Oke’s argument, saying that it was misleading for Oke to rest his submission on the court’s practice direction on a pre-election matter.

Justice Stephen Adah, leading two other justices of the court, upheld Komolafe’s argument and discountenance Oke’s line of thought.

“If you have an error in your record, it is your responsibility to correct them.

“Why do you have to serve counsel with incomplete process and still go ahead to put the blame on them?

“This is not an election petition, so the practice direction where respondents are only given five days to respond to processes applied.

“In the circumstance, you must correct the record and give them time to respond. The matter is, therefore adjourned until May 2 for hearing of the appeal,” Adah held.

The other respondents were APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Adeleke is praying the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the trial court, as according to him, the court relied on inadmissible evidence to arrive at the decision.

The trial court’s findings showed that Adeleke was admitted into Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State, in 1976, but without a record showing that he graduated.

The court also found that the results Adeleke attached to INEC’s form CF001 contradicted the one presented to the court by the principal of Ede Muslim High School where he claimed to have graduated. (Daily Independent)


Source: News Express

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