The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has praised the judiciary for its judgement regarding the certificate forgery allegation levelled against him.
The court had ruled that the senator be allowed to participate in the governorship elections as he indeed possesses his school leaving certificate.
Adeleke, in a statement, said it was commendable that the court upheld the truth “despite the pressure.”
According to him, he gained admission into the university he attended in the United States without presenting his West African School Certificate Examination result.
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.
“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?”