*IGP accuses him, brother of exam malpractice
*CUPP, Saraki, Atiku, Secondus rally support for Adeleke
*APC inducing security agents with N250,000 – PDP
By Chesa Chesa, Hassan Zaggi and Myke Uzendu
The Police High Command in Abuja on Wednesday declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and four others wanted for alleged examination malpractice.
Adeleke was advised to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court for alleged examination malpractice and sundry criminal conspiracy.
Force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Moshood Jimoh, disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja.
But, the Police action was aborted by President Muhammadu Buhari, who ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to stay action on the matter until after the governorship election.
Adeleke was summoned to Abuja shortly after he concluded his campaign in Osogbo yesterday for the election which holds on Saturday.
According to Jimoh, “Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP governorship Aspirant in the 22nd September, 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun State) and four others namely: Mr. Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore Local Government Area, Osun State), Mr. Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr. Dare Olutope, (school teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime) are hereby advised in their own interest to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court.”
The invitation, according to the police, is the outcome of extensive investigation, which began since 2017.
While recalling what led to the invitation, Jimoh said that: “On 21st July, 2017, the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau (SIB) received and acted on an actionable intelligence about an ongoing examination malpractice involving Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke at Ojo/Aro Community Grammar School in Osun State.
“When the Police operatives arrived at the school, only Sikiru Adeleke was found seated for the examination while Senator Ademola Adeleke seat was vacant and was suspected to have escaped before the arrival of the Police operatives.
“Further investigation revealed that both Senator Ademola Adeleke and his brother Sikiru Adeleke registered and were sitting for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) 2017 as internal candidates impersonating students of the school at the ages of 57 years and 42 years respectively.
“This crime was facilitated by the principal of the school, and two other members of staff of the school for which they are under investigation and being charged to court.
“The principal of the school, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau, the staff responsible for registration, Mr. Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo and a teacher, Mr. Dare Olutope, were arrested on 21st July 2017. Senator Ademola Adeleke was arrested on 27th July 2017 and Sikiru Adeleke was arrested on 8th August, 2017.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke made cautionary statements and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school but he didn’t sit for the examination”.
The police said that after preliminary investigation, Senator Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school and did not sit for the examination but have a result from NECO with seven credits and one pass, a copy of which was obtained from NECO by the Police.
The Ojo/Aro 2017 NECO, SSCE school photo album (school’s copy), with Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke photographs in school uniform in the said album. Senator Ademola Adeleke in the NECO 2017 Result obtained by the claimed that he was born on 12th June, 1997 but in his statement to the Police, Senator Ademola Adeleke wrote 13th May, 1960 as his date of Birth.
“The photographs of both Senator Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke appearing side by side in the photo album have no NECO stamps on them,” the police said.
The FPRO added: “Charges of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, breach of duty, aiding and abetting against Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP governorship candidate in the 22nd September, 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun State) and four others have been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004 today, Wednesday, 19th September, 2018”.
*Buhari stops Adeleke’s invitation by police
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has stopped IGP Idris from inviting or possibly arresting Adeleke till after the election on Saturday.
A Presidency source confirmed Buhari’s intervention in the matter on Wednesday afternoon.
Cinsequently, the PDP has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was paying between N50,000 and N250,000 as inducement to security agents to enable them rig the Osun election in their favour.
But the police in a statement stated that the N50,000 being paid to police constables was their election duty allowance for 10 days.
The party in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “The Osun people are already in the know of how the policemen are being instructed to aid the APC in its bid to manipulate the electoral process and to be harsh to PDP supporters and voters in PDP strongholds across the state.
“While the PDP has nothing against any effort to effectively mobilise our security officials for the election, our party totally rejects the plot by the APC to use the payment as inducement to manipulate the election.”
The party said that Osun people have rallied to use all legitimate means allowed in the defence of their mandate against violent assaults”.
The PDP equally cautioned the Police to desist from acting the script of the APC against Adeleke.
The party said that a few hours after an Osun State High court freed Adeleke of the allegations of West African School Certificate (WASC) forgery and 72 hours before the governorship election, Adeleke received another summon from the police, mandating him to appear at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja with his brothers and two others over examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation in National Examination Council (NECO).
The PDP described the latest twist in the Adeleke certificate saga as laughable trumped-up charges by the Police which is “horrible, nauseating and displeasing.”
The party says the sudden realisation of allegations that Adeleke was involved in NECO exam malpractice since 2017 is a ploy by the APC to distract him and if possible, put him out of circulation before and during the election. 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.
*CUPP, Saraki, Atiku, Secondus rally support for Adeleke
Also yesterday, Conference of United Political Parties (CUPP), Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Natiinal Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus have condemned the police actions, describing it as politically motivated.
In Osogbo, Saraki canvassed support for Adeleke at the grand finale of the PDP governorship campaign in the state.
Similarly, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State, PDP National Vice Chairman, Eddy Olafeso joined Saraki at the mega rally held at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo to canvass for votes for Adeleke.
Saraki, who is the National Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council for Osun election, urged the residents of the state to vote for the PDP during the poll.
He said it was painful that APC-led administration in the state could not pay workers’ salaries for three years.
Saraki said that he was optimistic that Adeleke would win the election and the suffering of the people in the state.
“This election is about the people of Osun and they must send the message that government that cannot pay workers’ salaries should be sent packing,” he said.
Atiku, who urged the residents to vote for the party on Saturday, said that “from what I can see here, it is a win for PDP. I urge you to defend and protect your votes for it not to be stolen”.
Secondus said that Adeleke would fix the state if elected and appealed to INEC to ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.
In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, signed by its 1st National Publicity Secretary, Ikenga Ugochinyere Imo, CUPP described the move as the last desperate option of causing confusion among voters.
He said, “It gladdens our hearts that Senator Adeleke did not hire 13 SAN’s to frustrate the hearing of the case by filing numerous frivolous applications and appeals like President Muhammadu Buhari did when was summoned to Court to produce his own certificate.
“Mr. Buhari who undeservedly prides himself as Mr. Integrity is yet to provide his certificate; apparently because he does not have any. President Buhari is hereby called upon to now direct the Army Secretary to produce the certificate he tendered to the Army on the day he joined the Nigerian Army.