The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has cleared Senator Ademola Adeleke, a governorship candidate of certificate forgery brought against him by two chieftains of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
The council in an affidavit deposed to by one Osindeinde Adewumi and filed at the registry of the FCT high court, Senator Adeleke was confirmed to have sat for the senior secondary certificate examination in May/June, 1981.
The affidavit was filed in compliance with the order of Justice Othman Musa asking WAEC to supply the court with the result. WAEC confirmed that Senator Adeleke with candidate number 149 and center no 19645 sat for the exam at Ede Muslim high school, situated at Yidi road, Ede in Osun state .
And the certified true copy of the ledger indicated that senator Adeleke who is currently representing Osun west senatorial district in the senate sat for only English language in the examination.
Wahaab Raheem and Adam Habeeb of Apc had approached an Abuja high court asking it to disqualify Adeleke from participating in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state on the ground that he does not have the required qualification.
The two in their application claimed that the PDP candidate did not sit for the WAEC examination in 1981 because the senior secondary school certificate had not been introduced by 1981.
Meanwhile Senator Adeleke on Monday said he missed the debate organized for candidates because his campaign train was held up in a village where his supporters didn’t allow him to leave as scheduled.
Adekeke who spoke through the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organization, Malam Olawale Rasheed said he planed to attend the debate but he missed it unavoidably.
“According to him, the plan was to proceed to Osogbo immediately after the campaign tour of Ijesha and Ile Ife zones. We communicated as much to the organizers of the debate”.
“However, from one village to the other, rural voters blocked the campaign train and we were held up. From Ilesa zone to Ile Ife zone, the rural visitation dragged late into the night. It would have been politically suicidal to ignore those people in the villages.”