The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the police of attempting to bring down Ademola Adeleke, its candidate in the Osun gubernatorial election.
In its reaction to the invitation of Adeleke by the police over alleged examination malpractice, the PDP said that the police is acting the script of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, publicity secretary of the PDP, the APC had become jittery because it knows that the PDP is coasting to victory in the election.
Ologbondiyan wondered why the police did not go after APC members with questionable certificates. According to Ologbondiyan:
“The sudden realisation of allegations that Adeleke was involved in a National Examination Council (NECO) exam malpractice in 2017, as well as his subsequent invitation by the police, barely two days before the governorship election, is a ploy by the APC to distract the PDP candidate and if possible, put him out of circulation before and during the election.
“While the PDP is in no way against any legitimate effort by any security agency in the discharge of its duties, we totally reject this unrelenting attempt to use trumped up charges to take down our candidate, simply because the APC has realised that he is coasting to victory.
“Perhaps, the police need 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.
“Moreover, this is the same police that have not been able to invite the disgraced erstwhile minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, who confessed to having a forged NYSC Exemption Certificate or the special assistant to the president on prosecution and chairman of the Special Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, whose certificate, WAEC openly told the national assembly, is fake.
“More so, there are several leaders in APC, whose certificates have been questioned and which the police have not considered it needful to conduct the littlest investigation. The PDP calls on the inspector-general of police to protect the integrity of the force by immediately calling his officers hounding Senator Adeleke to order”.
He said that nothing should be allowed to disturb the peaceful conduct of the election, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 as it is the people who would choose the next governor of the state.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the police not to invite Adeleke until after the election.