Osun Election Tribunal: Oyetola Tenders Adeleke’s Alleged Forged Certificate
The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal has admitted the alleged forged school certificate of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 16 governorship election of the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Counsel to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and All Progressives Congress (APC), Saka Layoonu (SAN) on Thursday tendered the certificate before the Justice Tertsea Kume-led panel.
The tribunal also admitted Certified True Copies (CTC) of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) reports to prove the over-voting in favour of Ademola Adeleke.
The tribunal, led by Justice Tertsea Kume also admitted in evidence Adeleke’s Diploma Certificate from Penn Foster High School, B.Sc Certificate from Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Letter of Attestation dated 22/5/2016 from Ede Muslim High School, NYSC certificate of exception and some other documents as exhibits.
Also admitted are, forms EC8As, for Olorunda, Obokun and Ila local governments, forms EC8Bs, which are the results of the wards and forms EC8Cs- the results of each of the 10 local governments being challenged, forms EC8D, which is the summary of the overall result, EC8Es the declaration of the result and form EC9.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the APC are challenging the declaration of Adeleke by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the election in 10 local government areas, just as it is also challenging his qualification to stand for the election.
Layoonu, while formally tendering the documents, informed the court that the evidence had been jointly cross-checked by both parties and the secretariat of the tribunal and confirmed to be accurate.
Counsels to Adeleke and PDP, Niyi Owolade and Nathaniel Oke, (SAN) objected to the admissibility of the documents and indicated that they would canvass arguments in the final written addresses.
The tribunal, in its ruling, admitted the documents in evidence, marked them as exhibits and adjourned till November 16.