APC reacts as INEC produces Adeleke’s certificates before Tribunal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, produced Form CF001, containing WAEC-GCE certificate and Secondary School Testimonial of Gov. Ademola Adeleke before the Osun Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Osogbo.

This was in compliance with the order of Justice Tertsea Kume, the Tribunal Chairman, on Nov. 25 that INEC should produce Form CF001, after the commission in Osogbo office said the documents were not in it’s custody, but with its Headquarters in Abuja.

Lead Counsel to INEC, Prof. Paul Ananaba, informed the court that the order given had been complied with and that the documents had been brought from Abuja by Mrs Joan Arabs, a Deputy Director.

Arabs, thereafter, presented the documents to the court, which was admitted and afirmed that the documents had been produced in compliance to the order.

In their reaction, Counsel to the petitioners (APC and Gboyega Oyetola), Lateef Fagbemi, after going through the two pages documents, told the tribunal that the documents produced by INEC (Form CF001) were not legible and could not be used to prosecute their case.

Fagbemi pointed out that they paid N305,000 for the documents and that the first document, West African Examination Council (WAEC) – General Certificate of Examination (GCE), does not have anything/result details on it and that only the signature at the bottom was legible.

He also said that the second document, School Testimonial, obtained from Ede Muslim Grammar School by Adeleke, does not have the address or location of the school on it.

He told the court that the documents could not be used or managed by them, saying that they were not clear and legible.

The petitioners’ counsel urged the tribunal to take note of their objections to the documents produced by INEC.

Kume then adjourned next hearing to Dec. 3, asking INEC to produce clean and clear copies of the original file containing Form CF001.

He said that if INEC failed to comply with the order, it would result or compel the tribunal to invoke its power.

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