Justice Oathman Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari,
Abuja, has nullified the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as candidate of
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2018 governorship election
in Osun State.
Adeleke, who represents Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate, was
PDP’s candidate for the state in the 2018 governorship election.
Two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and
Adam Habeeb, had in 2018, few days to the governorship election, taken Adeleke
Both of them had accused him of not possessing the requisite educational
qualification (secondary school certificate) to contest the office of governor.
Delivering judgment in the suit on Tuesday, Justice Musa annulled Adeleke’s
nomination on the ground that he violated Section 177 of the 1999 Constitution.
The section stipulates that candidates for the position of governor must be
educated up to a secondary school level.
According to Justice Musa, while the court’s findings showed that Adeleke
entered secondary school in 1976, there was no record indicating that he
actually graduated since his name was no longer seen in the school’s register