President Buhari Plays Fair, Asks IGP Not To Summon Senator Ademola Adeleke Until After The Osun Elections
President Buhari has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris not to invite the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the upcoming Osun governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke to the Special Investigative Panel, Force Headquarters until after the elections. “Let’s play fair” President Buhari was quoted to have said.
The police had earlier invited Adeleke of questioning and accused him of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, breach of duty, aiding and abetting, with the aim of arranging an immediate arraignment in court.
Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood has earlier told newsmen that the Senator would be charged to court. Channels TV reports that the police spokesman said “Adeleke connived with four persons identified as Sikiru Adeleke, Aregbesola Mufutau (principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school official responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), and Dare Olutope (school teacher who facilitated the crime).”
Sources close to the Presidency, said Buhari asked the IGP not to summon Adeleke until the election is over. According to the source, Buhari ordered that Adeleke should not be invited until after Saturday’s election. Meanwhile, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has confirmed that Senator Ademola Adeleke sat for its examinations in 1981.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday reacted to the invitation of it’s governorship candidate in the Saturday’s election, Ademola Adeleke by the Nigeria Police Force. The PDP warned the Police to desist from “acting the script of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against its candidate, Adeleke.”
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola ogbondiyan, PDP described the latest twist in the “Adeleke certificate circus, leading to laughable trumped-up charges by the Police, as horrible, nauseating and displeasing.”
The party said the sudden realisation of allegations that Adeleke was involved in a National Examination Council (NECO) exam malpractice in 2017, as well as his subsequent invitation by the police, barely two days before the governorship election, was a ploy by the APC to distract the PDP candidate.
He said, “While the PDP is in no way against any legitimate effort by any security agency in the discharge of its duties, we totally reject this unrelenting attempt to use trumped up charges to take down our candidate, simply because the APC has realized that he is coasting to victory.
“Perhaps, the police needs to be educated that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has already confirmed that Senator Adeleke wrote his WAEC examination in 1981, thus ending the earlier unnecessary controversy about his WAEC status.
“Moreover, this is the same police that have not been able to invite the disgraced erstwhile minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, who confessed to having a forged NYSC Exemption Certificate or the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution and Chairman of the Special Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, whose certificate, WAEC openly told the National Assembly, is fake. Moreso, there are several leaders in APC, whose certificates have been questioned and which the Police have not considered it needful to conduct the littlest investigation.”
PDP also called on the Inspector General of Police to protect the integrity of the Force by immediately calling his officers hounding Senator Adeleke to order.
It would be recalled that the campaign strategy of Senator Adeleke shook the entire Osun State to its crannies, when his cousin Davido arrived Osogbo and spent two days openly campaigning for his uncle. This strategy won the youths and music lovers over to the Adeleke camp and made other governorship candidates jittery.
The Senator will on Saturday battle with Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party (ADP); Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).