Senator Ademola Adeleke who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the coming Osun state election has described those questioning his attendance in secondary school as being deceptive and mischievous.
The Punch reports that Adeleke spoke in Ede on Thursday, August 9 following the dismissal of the suit filed against his eligibility before Justice David Oladimeji of the Osun state high court.
The senator who was with his former classmates at Ede Muslim Grammar School said he did not need a West Africa Examination Council certificate before gaining admission to a university in the United States.
He said: “We all went to school and we know that some results would not be released. But they may release the remaining results tomorrow. Who knows? After I sat for the exams, my mind was in the US. The university I attended did not need our qualification from here. I say for their qualifying exam.”
“I chose to remain quiet since the conclusion of the governorship primary for two reasons; first it is my unchanged belief in party supremacy and utmost respect for the leadership of our great party.
“The second reason is because the issue of my qualification and eligibility as a governorship candidate has been a subject of litigation until yesterday. Now that a judicial pronouncement confirming my qualification and eligibility to contest has been made, the time is now right to speak on the matter.
“For the records, let me reiterate the obvious and easily verifiable fact that I attended the Ede Muslim Grammar School between 1979 and 1981, my schoolmates are everywhere, and some are even here with me. While in school, I was a lover of football, so I was very popular. I was elected the president of the alumni association of this same school until recently.”
He said those questioning his secondary school attendance as “clearly being mischievous and deceptive.”
“I also must express my gratitude to the judiciary for upholding the truth despite the pressure. It is now clear and proven that I did not forge any certificate or testimonial. In any case, how can I forge a testimonial that simply attests to the fact of my attendance at the school?”
Meanwhile, Senator Adeleke has satisfied electoral requirement for a governorship candidate according to his campaign organisation.
According to the organisation in a statement made available to NAIJ.com, the call by an unknown group, Renewal Youth Movement (RYM), that Adeleke steps down demonstrated gross ignorance and lack of education on constitutional requirements to contest for the governorship election.
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