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Appeal court says Adeleke was qualified to contest in Osun governorship election

A court of appeal ruling has declared that Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was qualified to contest in the 2018 Osun governorship election.

Okay.ng report that the three-man panel of the court of appeal delivering the ruling made a unanimous judgment in favour of Adeleke.

The court in a judgement on Thursday said the lower court was wrong in its decision to nullify Mr Adeleke’s candidacy “when the evidence before the court proved that Mr Adeleke had met the constitutional requirements” for the election.

According to the Court of Appeal, the testimony of the principal who spoke regarding Mr Adeleke’s certificate proved that he had met the constitutional requirements for the elections.

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The appellate court faulted the decision of the FCT High Court which, it said, appeared to have been given without due consideration to the principal’s testimony.

The Court of Appeal also ruled that the FCT High Court had no power to have entertained the matter, since the issues raised related to what transpired in Osun State.

Mr Adeleke had approached the appeal court to challenge the decision of the FCT High Court which nullified his emergence as a candidate for the PDP after ruling that he submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 elections.

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