The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially reacted to the National Examination Council (NECO) allegation brought against their candidate for the Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, describing it as ploy by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to distract their candidate.
Earlier, the Nigeria Police Force in a Press Release today, said that Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others were being charged to court on account of examination malpractice, personation, abandonment of duty, aiding and abetting. The Police thus advised the suspects in their own interest to report at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to be arraigned in Court.
However, in a swift reaction to the Press Release by the Police, the PDP through the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, cautioned the Police to stop acting the script of APC. The PDP said the latest twist in Adeleke certificate saga, leading to ridiculous trumped-up charges against him (i.e Senator Adeleke) is “horrible, nauseating and displeasing”.
The PDP accused APC of trying to use the police to put their candidate out of circulation before and during the election on Saturday, 22nd September 2018. Otherwise, the PDP wonders why there is a sudden realisation that Senator Ademola Adeleke was involved in examination malpractice in 2017, just only two days to the governorship election slated for this Saturday in Osun State.
The PDP reminded the Police that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had already confirmed that Senator Adeleke wrote his WAEC examination in 1981, a confirmation the PDP said put paid to all needless hullabaloos about his WAEC status.
The PDP accused APC of shielding government officials who have confirmed forged certificates and berated the police for its complicities in it. The PDP accused the police of failing to invite and investigate many leaders of APC with questionable certificates.
Furthermore, the Press Release alluded to the recent resignation of the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, who admitted to possessing a forged NYSC Exemption certificate and the Special Assistant to the President on Public Prosecution and Chairman of the Special Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Obono-Obia, whose certificate WAEC openly told the National Assembly was fake. In both cases, the Police turned blind-eye to them, the PDP alleged.
The PDP says they are not against any legitimate attempt by security operatives to perform their duties. However, the Party says they are strongly averse to relentless efforts by APC to use ‘trumped up charges’ to take down the candidate of PDP, just because “he is coasting home to victory”.
The PDP calls on the Inspector General of Police to call his officers harassing Senator Adeleke to order, saying: “The issue of who becomes the governor of Osun state resides with the people of Osun and nothing should be allowed to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the election”.