Two witnesses in the ongoing trial of Sen. Ademola Adeleke on a seven-count amended charge bordering on examination malpractice today told the Federal High Court Abuja that they did not see the senator in the examination hall.
Naija News recalls that the Court had nullified the nomination of SenatorAdeleke as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun state, owing to his non-possession of the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate), to contest for the office of Governor.
Adeleke’ Campaign Organisation, however, replied, saying that the court ruling which nullified the candidacy of its principal, as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the Osun 2018 election as flawed. Pointing out that Bwari judge breached this precept to subvert justice seemed to have forgotten that two rulings delivered in September 2018 held that Senator Adeleke satisfied all requirements of the law to contest for office.
‘It is trite in law that once a court of coordinate jurisdiction has ruled on a matter, court of similar jurisdiction cannot entertain it”. it added.
The witnesses, Mr Emmanuel Adesola and Enoch Adigun, both teachers, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor Mr Simon Lough, told the court that they invigilated examinations at Ojo -Aro Community Grammar School in Osun State in 2017.
Adesola told the court that when he got to school, he asked for the school album but was told it was not ready.
According to him, “I could not identify any student without the school album since it was my first time there so the principal and the register helped me to identify them as I used the list I had to call the students into the hall.
“I didn’t see any of the defendants in the examination hall; Sen. Adeleke was not in the examination hall, he is a public figure so I would have recognized him,” the witness told the court.
The witness who further told the court that he had been supervising National Examination Council (NECO) Examination for the past five years also told the court that there were four elderly students in the hall.
While being cross examined by Mr Alex Iziyon, (SAN), the witness said that he did not make a formal report on the absence of a school album to his superiors even though he ought to have done so.
He also told the court that on the day he invigilated, he did not witness any form of examination malpractice in the hall.
On his part, Adigun told the court that he saw the second defendant, Sikiru Adeleke in the examination hall while he was invigilating.
According to Adigun, I was surprised to see him because he was the most matured student in the hall but when I checked and saw that he had an identity card duly stamped by the school, I had to allow him write the examination.
Adigun said that he didn’t see Adeleke in the examination hall or any of the other defendants besides Sikiru.
The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the matter until June 10 and 11 for the continuation of hearing.
Adeleke was first arraigned by the Federal Government in Sept. 2018 on a four-count charge bordering on examination malpractice, along with his brother, Sikiru Adeleke and three others.
The senator pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on self-recognizance by the court.
The others were Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal, Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro Osun), Gbadamosi Ojo (School Registrar) and Dare Olutope (a teacher).
The police accused them of fraudulently registering Adeleke and his brother Sikiru as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in Ojo-Aro, Osun State, for the National Examination Council’s June/July 2017 Senior School Certificate Examination in Feb. 2017.
They were re-arraigned in Dec. 2018 on a seven-count amended charge bordering on examination malpractice.