Justice O. A Musa of Abuja High Court in Bwari on Thursday issued a five-day ultimatum to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to produce the results recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in the May/June 1981 examinations conducted by the council.
The judge, who was ruling on a motion ex-parte, dated 3rd September with Motion Number FCT/HC/BW/CV/122/2018, specifically ordered the examination body to produce in court the ledger containing results of Ademola and his mates with whom he sat for the examinations.
The motion was filed by the duo of Mr. Wahab Adekunle Raheem, and Mr. Adam Omosallewa Habeeb.
The development, according to the judge, was with the view to determine whether or not the governorship candidate of the PDP in the September 22 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke participated in the examination.
He also ordered that WAEC should swear to an affidavit either denying or confirming that Adeleke, an incumbent senator representing Osun West Senatorial District in the Senate, sat for the Council’s May/June 1981 examinations conducted by the Council at Ede Muslim High School in Ede, Osun State.
The court ordered that WAEC should file the ledger and the verifying affidavits within five days of being served with the enrolled order.
Adeleke, who is the candidate of the PDP in the governorship poll slated to hold on September 22, has been accused of forging his WAEC certificate.
The Court however ordered the Director General of WAEC or any other designated officer of the council to depose to an affidavit confirming or denying that Adeleke, with candidate number 19645/149, sat for the examination, and serve the court also within five working days.
Justice Musa also directed Senator Adeleke to appear and show cause why the court should not disqualify him from contesting the Osun State governorship election slated for September 22.
The plaintiffs also named the PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as co-defendants to the suit.
The application is seeking, among other prayers, an interim injunction against the senator’s candidacy in the imminent governorship race.
The Daily Times recalls that lawyer to the plaintiffs, B.J Komolafe had on September 11, moved the ex parte application.
Ruling shortly after listening to the lawyer, the judge granted other prayers but refused the applicants’ prayer for restraining order.
The judge refused to grant an order restraining the INEC from recognising or giving effect to Adeleke’s nomination as PDP’s governorship candidate in the forthcoming poll slated to hold on September 22.
The judge also refused to grant another prayer by the applicants requesting an order directing or mandating Adeleke to show cause on why the court should not disqualify him from contesting the Osun State governorship election.
While refusing the two prayers numbered IV and V, Justice Musa ordered that in their place, the PDP and INEC must “show cause within five days from the day of service of the originating summons” why they should not be stopped from recognising Adeleke’s candidacy.
“That orders IV and V are hereby refused in its place, the defendants are to show cause within five days from the day of service of the originating summons,” the judge ruled.
The judge however made an order “compelling WAEC of 21, Hussey Street, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, through its Director-General or any other designated officer of the council to depose to an affidavit confirming or denying that the 1st defendant in this suit named Adeleke Ademola Candidate No. 19645/149 sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in May/June 1981 conducted by the Council at Ede Muslim High School at P.O Box 6 Yidi Road, Ede, Osun State and to file same before this honourable court within five days working days of being served with the order.”
It also ruled, “That an order is hereby directing and compelling the West African Examination Council of 21, Hussey Street, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, through its Director-General or any other designated officer of the council to produce the Ledger containing the results of all candidates who sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in May/June 1981 conducted by the Council at Ede Muslim High School at P.O Box 6 Yidi Road, Ede, Osun State and to file same before this honourable court within five days of working days of being served with the order.”