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Again, Adeleke wins

The Appeal Court in Akure on Saturday set aside earlier judgment on the eligibility of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in the last Osun governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, to contest the election.
Earlier judgment of a High Court in Bwari, Abuja, had declared him ineligible to contest the election.
The issue bordered on the controversy over Mr Adeleke’s secondary school certificate submitted to INEC for the election.
The lower court had ruled that the senator did not have a valid secondary certificate and so failed to satisfy the minimum requirement for eligibility to contest the election.
Mr Adeleke and his legal team appealed the judgment.
The appeal court’s three-member panel of M.A. Danjuma (presiding); R.M. Abdullahi, and P.A. Mahmoud, allowed the appeal and upturned the judgment of the High Court in Abuja.
The appellate court allowed the appeal on the grounds that the complainant, Awosiyan Kingsley, from Ife Central, lacked the locus standi. It also established a case of lack of jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
The court also agreed with the appellants that the matter was status barred given the limitation of time of 14 Days within which a litigant on pre-election matters could institute a case or maximum of 180 days to hear and determine the case.
Although Mr Adeleke’s counsels had raised these arguments before the Bwari High Court, they did not count in the final ruling.

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