The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osun State has refused to accept the unreadable school certificates of Governor Ademola Adeleke presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
During the last sitting on November 25, chairman of the panel, Justice Tertse Kume, ordered INEC headquarters to submit Adeleke’s certificates on December 1 after its state office claimed the said documents are not domiciled with them.
At the resumed sitting on Thursday, INEC’s lawyer Prof. Paul Ananaba said the chairman sent the documents through a Deputy Director, Mrs. Joan Arabs.
However, lead counsel to former Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) told the tribunal that N305,000 was paid for the documents, thereby noting that two pages of the documents submitted by INEC were not clear at all.
He said: “WAEC and GCE Certificate of Education content are not legible, except for signature and testimonial obtained from Ede Muslim Grammar School. We feel worried and frustrated that INEC did not bring clean copies of the documents. The scores are not on the certificates brought and we won’t manage documents which are not legible. Also in the testimonial, the address of the school attended is missing. So the legible certificates must be produced.”
But Ananaba said he could not comment on the blurry documents brought before the tribunal.
The judge adjourned the sitting till December 3 for INEC to present legible documents