The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has been ordered by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to produce an affidavit which will confirm or deny that the Governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke truly registered and sat for the 1981 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
The subpoena served to WAEC is a mandatory order to the Director General of WAEC in Nigeria to produce a document which will serve as a testimony in court to confirm or deny the authenticity of the WAEC result tendered by Senator Adeleke, within five days of being served the order.
It will be recalled that Senator Adeleke was dragged to court by Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb on the allegation of falsifying the WAEC result which was tendered by the Senator for the 2018 Osun State gubernatorial election.
It is now almost a common trend among Nigerian politicians to challenge the authenticity of educational results tendered by candidates aspiring for various political posts in the country, it will be recalled that President Buhari’s SSCE result was also challenged during the last presidential election, also, it will be recalled that Kemi Adeosun was accused of falsifying NYSC certificate some months ago.
Perhaps it is time for Nigeria has a nation to set up a process of checking and verifying the authenticity of educational results tendered by any candidate aspiring for a political post before such a candidate is allowed to purchase forms to contest for the post.
Senator Ademola Adeleke tendered his SSCE result of the 1981 WAEC with the examination number 19645/149, it was also indicated on the result that he sat for the examination at Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun State. The court also gave an order to WAEC to Produce the ledger containing the results of all that candidates who sat for Senior School Certificate Examination conducted by WAEC at Ede Muslim High School in May/June 1981.
The court gave the order while ruling on an allegation by the duo of Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb against Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke and two others over falsification of results.
Those joined as defendants in the suit are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Also, the court ordered WAEC to make the copies of the filed affidavit and ledger available to all parties in the suit within five working days of filing same before the court.
The court, however, refused to grant the order of Interim injunction restraining INEC from recognizing Senator Adeleke as PDP’s candidate for the September 22 election in Osun state pending the hearing of the motion or retraining him from parading himself as the PDP candidate in the forthcoming election.