The chances of Sen. Ademola Adeleke clinching the governorship seat of Osun State is on the line as lingering crises between him and his party men persist.
This is because party members within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have AGAIN dragged the Ede born senator before a High Court in Osogbo.
While the ruling party in the state, All Progressive Party (APC), is strategically planning ahead of the September 22 governorship election, PDP members are busy dragging their own party flagbearer to court.
The latest suit was filed by Mr Oyetunji Suredi and Mr Olagboye Adedamola at an Osogbo High Court challenging the candidacy of Sen. Adeleke as the party’s flag bearer.
They claimed that Adeleke had presented a forged document as part of the purported proof of his academic qualifications.
They are therefore asking the court to mandate the party chairman and INEC to replace Adeleke’s name with Akin Ogunbiyi, the runner-up in the party’s primary.
Adeleke had won the primary, polling 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival, Ogunbiyi, who polled 1,562.
It’d be recalled that a similar suit by Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu against Adeleke before Justice David Oladimeji was dismissed in in the early second week of August.
In the latest suit, the plaintiffs are seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining Adeleke from parading himself as the candidate of the Osun PDP over alleged forged school certificate.
They are also asking the court to make an order to restrain the state ’s party Chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, and the Independent National Electoral Commission from further recognising the defendant as the candidate of the party.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, no date has been fixed for the hearing.
In the first suit, Justice Oladimeji had ruled that 1999 Nigerian Constitution does not require Sen. Adeleke to pass his secondary school examination to contest elective position.
Olabayo and Idowu had contended that he did not satisfy the constitutional requirements to contest the governorship election.
The plaintiffs, among others, had urged the court to set aside the election on the grounds that Adeleke did not submit his secondary school certificate.
Although the judge in his August 8 judgment held that the documents presented by Adeleke contained damaging errors, he noted that it could be addressed separately since the plaintiffs did not include it in their prayers.