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Osun guber: Adeleke clears the air on certificate saga

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Osun guber: Adeleke clears the air on certificate saga

Post by Kingseyi on Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:57 pm

ABUJA-The lawmaker representing Osun West
Senatorial District and Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) governorship candidate in the September
22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State,
Senator Ademola Adeleke has provided fresh
insight into the school certificate saga that made
the headlines in the past few days.
Ademola Adeleke
Senator Adeleke who polled a total of 1,569
votes, seven more than the runner-up, Dr. Akin
Ogunbiyi who scored 1, 562 in last Saturday’s
governorship primary election in Oshogbo, the
Osun state capital, told journalists in Abuja on
Thursday that he is eminently qualified
educationally for the office of the governor,
describing his emergence as a product of a
credible process devoid of fraud and
manipulation.
Ogunbiyi had shortly after the exercise filed a
suit before an Osogbo High Court challenging
Adeleke’s eligibility for the poll, stressing that a
document allegedly submitted by the lawmaker
as evidence of his educational qualification up to
school certificate level does not meet the basic
qualification stipulated by the 1999 Constitution
(as amended) and the Electoral Act.
But while addressing a press conference at the
PDP secretariat Thursday, Director, Media and
Public Affairs of the Senator Ademola Adeleke
Campaign Organisation, Olawale Rasheed
described the primary election as a keenly
contested one and called on those who felt
short-changed in the process to get behind
Adeleke for the common good of the Osun State
and the PDP.
On the controversy raised about the lawmaker’s
qualification for the exalted office of the
governor, Olawale tasked those not satisfied with
the explanation thus far provided to feel free to
approach the Secondary School attended by
Adeleke for verification.
He said, “On the issue of school certificate,
Section 177(c) of the Nigerian Constitution and
Section 317 for interpretation on educational
requirements for the office of the Governor are
very clear and unambiguous. Senator Adeleke is
eminently eligible and qualified to seek the office
of a governor. The school, Ede Muslim High
School (Formerly Ede Muslim Grammar school)
he attended still exists in Ede, his hometown.
We challenge those asking questions to go to
the school and find out if he attended and
finished at the school or not between 1976 and
1981.”
Olawale further noted on behalf of his principal
that Ogunbiyi having exhausted the PDP’s
internal conflict resolution mechanisms ought to
have given peace a chance, stressing that the
Governor Seriake Dickson Election Committee
recounted the votes cast following request by
Ogunbiyi, only for him to head to court after the
committee pronounced Adeleke as winner of the
poll.
“It is open to the public that the Osun PDP
primary election was one of the most
transparent in recent political history. The entire
electoral activity was televised live and the
counting was done in the open. The challenger
requested for recount and this was done twice.
No process can be more open than what the
Governor Dickson election committee did in
Osun last Saturday. It is thus very disheartening
that the said aspirant relied on spurious
allegations to smear the party, her officials and
the chosen candidate.
“Electoral contests within a political party are
governed by rules. The party as an organization
has internal mechanisms for resolving disputes
arising from party primaries. Aggrieved aspirants
are entitled to raise issues but within the bounds
of party rules and processes. Appeal can be
lodged, and the party will decide. In the case of
Osun state, the aggrieved aspirant appealed
against the result of the primary election.
“The party’s appeal panel after due
consideration and examination of the appeal,
upheld the election of Senator Adeleke as the
flag bearer of the party and subsequently
forwarded his name officially as the party/s flag
bearer to the Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC,” he added.
Ademola called on party members especially
those who participated in last Saturday’s
governorship primaries to put the past behind
them and forge a common front as a family to
confront the ruling All Progressives Congress
(APC) in the September electoral contest.


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Re: Osun guber: Adeleke clears the air on certificate saga

Post by olatunji10 on Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:20 pm

Adeleke weldone ooo

    Current date/time is Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:26 pm