Senator Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s Osun State governorship election, will have a hard time clearing his name from the charges brought against him by the Police, given the number and weight of incriminating evidence that SaharaReporters has laid hands upon.
On Wednesday, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) confirmed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Bwari, Abuja, that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981.
However, hours after, the Police declared him wanted for involvement in impersonation and examination malpractice.
As documents now available to SaharaReporters show, there are numerous contradictions in the claims of Adeleke and those by official authorities whose statements were sought by the court.
For example, the Testimonial presented by the Adeleke for his election into the Senate and the Osun governorship was purportedly issued by ‘Ede Muslim Grammar School’, which is the correct school from where he dropped out almost four decades ago. This Testimonial claims the student completed the school programme, contrary to what can be seen in the school register. Adeleke actually dropped out of the school in Form 4, as he was not seen in the school for Form 5 (1980/81 session)
Adeleke’s Testimonial was purportedly signed in July 1988 on a letterhead that has the address: ‘P.O. Box 6, Ede, Osun State.’ Unfortunately, Osun had not yet been created in 1988. Ede was under Oyo State until the creation of Osun in 1991.
Also, as the documents show, Adeleke’s Statement of Result was issued by a completely different but non-existing school, ‘Ede Muslim High School’. Meanwhile, it is impossible for anyone to receive a testimonial by a school for completing an exam written in another school. So, Ede Muslim High School could not have issued a Statement of Result for an examination written at Ede Muslim Grammar School where the student was purported registered.
In the statement of result, the candidate was said to have written the ‘Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), contrary to the name of the exam at the time: West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASCE).
The Statement of Result conflicts with the Testimonial on subjects offered by the student. The Testimonial claims he wrote Yoruba, but this is missing in the Statement of Result, while the Statement of Result shows he wrote Christian religious Studies (CRS), which is missing in the Testimonial.
The student was also reported to have offered Islamic Religious Studies IRS) and (CRS) in the same exam, which is not in any way possible. A student can only take one of IRS and CRS.
Adeleke’s Statement of Result claims that the results of many subjects are “pending”; however, WAEC confirmed on Wednesday that he only sat for English Language, which he scored F9 in, while he did not sit for other registered subjects, which include Mathematics, Literature in English, Islamic Knowledge, Geography, Economics and Biology. So, if he did not sit for those papers, the results should have been “absent” rather than the claimed “pending”.
ADELEKE'S SCHOOL REGISTER
STATEMENTS OF SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO THE POLICE