Court to Hear Adeleke, PDP’s Appeals May 8

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Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Court of Appeal, Abuja on Thursday adjourned till May 8 to commence hearing of the appeal filed by Senator Ademola Adeleke challenging the nullification of his nomination as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the September 2018 Governorship Election in Osun State.

Also to be heard that day is a similar appeal filed by his party, the PDP.

Presiding judge of the three man panel, Justice Abubakar Datti-Yahaya in a short ruling held that since the appeals are similar in facts the court can not hear them piece meal as such the court will adjourn to a date to hear the appeals.

The appellate court had last week adjourned to enable the appellant properly serve the respondents with court processes.

However, when matter came up Thursday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a party in the appeal was not represented in court and the court had to adjourn the matter, with an order that hearing notices be served on all the parties in the matter.

In the PDP’s appeal filed by its National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, the party wants the appellate court to reverse the decision of the Abuja High Court that nullified the nomination of their candidate for the election.

Justice Oathman Musa of an Abuja High Court in Bwari, had last month in a judgment, nullified Adeleke’s nomination as the candidate of the PDP in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State, on the grounds that he (Adeleke) offended section 177 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The section stipulated that candidates for the position of governor must be educated up to secondary school level.

Adeleke, who represents Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, faulted the judgment of Justice Musa on the grounds that the judge erred in law by going out of his way to source for evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”.

He submitted that the court erred particularly when it ignored WAEC evidence that Adeleke was educated up to Secondary School level as required by law.

Recalled that two Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, had before the governorship election in Osun State dragged Adeleke to court, accusing him of not possessing the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest for the office of governor.

They prayed the court for an order to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state on the grounds that he did not possess the requisite educational qualification.