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Trouble for Adeleke as Tribunal rejects blurry certificates

Trouble for Adeleke as Tribunal rejects blurry certificates

By Odunayo Odeja

The Certificates presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal on behalf of the newly-elected governor have been rejected.

The tribunal hearing the petition by the former governor of Osun state, Adegboyega Oyetola, challenging Adekele Ademola’s victory, rejected the blurry certificates.

At the last sitting, the panel chairman, Justice Tertse Kume, compelled INEC headquarters to present Adeleke’s certificates after Osun’s INEC refused to present the Certificates.

At the resumption of the sitting on Thursday, counsel to INEC, Prof Paul Ananaba, informed Tribunal that the commission’s chair sent deputy director, Mrs. Joan Arabs, with the Certified True Copies of the documents.

The 8- page documents were presented to the sitting as Ananaba urged the court to permit the bearer of the document to leave the court immediately because she has a flight heading to catch to Abuja.

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However, the lead counsel for Oyetola and All Progressives Congress(APC), Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, informed the court that N305,000 was paid for the documents.

He raised concern that two pages of the documents brought to court by INEC are not legible and blurry.

He said, “WAEC GCE Certificate of Education content is not legible except for signature and Testimonial obtained from Ede Muslim Grammar School is not clear.”

Ananaba said he can not answer on the legibility of the documents submitted by the commission to the sitting.

Fagbemi posited that the candidate’s scores on the Certificate were unclear, saying: “We feel worried and frustrated that INEC did not bring clean copies of the documents. The scores are not on the Certificate brought, and we won’t manage the documents brought by INEC which are not legible.

“Also in the testimonial, the address of the school attended was missing. So, the legible certificates must be produced.”

After the arguments, Justice Kume adjourned the matter till Saturday, 3rd December 2022, for the INEC to present clearer documents before the court.

Trouble for Adeleke as Tribunal rejects blurry certificates

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