I didn’t forge my certificate, my school made a mistake — Adeleke

Governor Ademola Adeleke has denied allegations that he forged his school certificate, despite a ruling by the Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal invalidating his election.

Adeleke, according to his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, insisted on Tuesday that he did not forge his certificate and that his school made a mistake.

His dismissal comes from the Tribunal’s judgement that the All Progressives Congress, APC and its candidate in the July 16, 2022 governorship election, Adegboyega Oyetola, proved a case of forgery against Adeleke.

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The governor however denied the claim, saying it was the school that made an error.

The statement partly reads: “We seek to clarify a very sinister component of the Kangaroo judgement on the Osun Governorship election. Governor Ademola Adeleke did not forge any certificate or testimonial.

“The Issue of forgery has to do with an error on school testimonials which bear Osun instead of Oyo state. Osun State was part of Oyo State when Governor Adeleke completed his high school education in 1981.

“The issuing school testified before the Court of Appeal in 2018, that it was their error, which has nothing to do with Governor Adeleke. The Court of Appeal ruled that there was no forgery and exonerated Governor Adeleke of any forgery.”

According to the statement, the public should know that the governor did not forge this testimonial or any certificate.

The spokesman added that the claim is an attempt to damage Adeleke’s reputation.

 

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