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Appeal Court cancels Abuja High Court judgment, says Adeleke is eligible to contest governorship election

Senator Ademola Adeleke voted at his polling unit Abogunde-Sagba at Ede North Local Government Area

A Court of Appeal in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, has nullified the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court, which declared that Senator Ademola Adeleke was not eligible to contest the September 2018 Osun Governorship Election.

The Appeal Court affirmed the eligibility of Mr. Adeleke who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun State.

The problem was the controversy over his secondary school certificate which was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Abuja High Court in its ruling had stated that Adeleke did not sit for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and consequently did not meet the minimum required qualification to contest the election.

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Justices M.A Danjuma, R.M Abdullahi and P.A Mahmoud, of the Appeal Court however noted that the complainant, Awosiyan Kingsley, lacked the locus standi.

It further noted that the case was status barred given the limitation of time of 14 days within which a complainant on preelection matters could institute a case or a maximum of 180 days required to hear and rule on the case.

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