Interrogation Adeleke in Hot Soup — 18th August 2018
School principal points accusing fingers at the Timi of Ede, Senator Ademola Adeleke, among other personalities who allegedly pressured him into forgery
This is no dancing time for Senator Ademola Adeleke who is enmeshed in a forged certificate controversy. Developments in the last one week strongly portend that his legal problems are far from over as the case took a disturbing dimension with the emergence of an alleged confession by the principal of the school who admitted to forging the document under duress.
Adeleke, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, was accused of having contested and won the senatorial election with a forged secondary school certificate issued by Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State. He had tendered the same document for the party’s primaries for the governorship election and successfully clinched the ticket to fly the PDP flag in the forthcoming September 22 Osun State governorship polls.
His challengers, Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu, two members of the PDP in the state, had gone to the Osun State High Court, Osogbo, to seek an interlocutory order to nullify the election on the ground that the certificate tendered by the senator was fake.
Spotlighting the discrepancy between the date of issue and the year stated in the certificate, they argued that Osun State was yet to be created at the date of issuance written on the certificate.
Although, Adeleke triumphed on August 8 when the court threw out the case, the presiding judge, Justice David Oladimeji, made a germane observation that the certificate has “some serious and damaging irregularities.” If anything, Senator Adeleke had merely won a battle, not the war.
Presently, the full weight of the state has been brought to bear on the case as the police have taken over the investigation.