Osun: PDP Denies Court Order Compelling INEC To Product Adeleke’s Certificate

By Damilare Adeleye

Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described reports that the ongoing election petition tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to produce the certificate of the governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as untrue and false.

In a statement by the PDP Chairman, Dr. Adekunle Akindele, the party said the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola merely sought to subpoena the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state.

The party said: “As at Wednesday, the last sitting of the Tribunal, there was no order of the Tribunal compelling INEC or the governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke to produce any document or certificate as it was obvious that the APC were not serious with their case. At any rate, all the documents of Senator Adeleke are in the public domain and verifiable.

“Secondly, the documents he submitted to INEC in 2018 was what the APC used to persecute him and sponsored malicious cases against him, in respect of which he had been vindicated up to the Supreme Court. We want to assure members of the public that the APC and Oyetola are trying to fetch water from a dry well by their petition at the tribunal, which is a mirage.

“At the beginning of the election petition tribunal particularly at the pre- hearing session stage, it was unanimously agreed by counsel to the petitioner and respondents that all documents shall be tendered and admitted during trial, while objections to their admissibility will be taken at the final address stage. This formed part of the pre-hearing report of the tribunal. It is also part of the pre-hearing report that 24 hours before any hearing date, the party conducting hearing and calling witnesses shall file and serve a schedule to that effect.

“May we inform members of the public that since the beginning of hearing at the tribunal, the APC and Oyetola lawyers have been helplessly wandering and dancing around their petition. No single witness has ever been called. The public can do a fact check on this at the tribunal as they would discover that the petitioners have been indolent and unserious with their case.

“We, hereby, appeal to members of the public to disregard the lies and propaganda of the APC as the last kick of a dying horse. Let them not distract us from the swearing-in preparations as their petition is dead on arrival.”