The Senator Ademola Adeleke Governorship Campaign Organisation has raised an alarm over the arrest and detention of the Senator on what it described as “old trumped up charges of certificate and testimonial forgery”.
Just last weekend, Adeleke was permitted to travel abroad for medical treatment by a court.
Police say his arrest and detention is part of ongoing investigations. He is to be charged to Court Tuesday.
Recall that on Sunday the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed that there was a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest Adeleke.
In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan late on Sunday, May 5, the party claimed that the APC wants to use security forces to detain the senator.
The PDP said it has learned of a fresh plot by the APC “to use some elements in the Police to hound and incarcerate our victorious Osun state governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, all in the bid to browbeat him to relinquish his mandate.”
On Monday, the PDP spokesman at a press conference said the move by the Police is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and recipe for a very serious crisis not only in Osun but also in the judiciary and the polity as a nation.
Ologbondiyan says it is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
In a statement, the Adeleke campaign organisation said the arrest and detention by Police is after the school principal and school authority have through affidavits denied any forgery and owned up to the school testimonial issued to Senator Adeleke.
The statement reads further: “Senator Adeleke had this morning honoured police invitation at the force headquarters, Abuja. He arrived at the force headquarters at 9 a.m. and was not attended to until later this afternoon when he was informed of fresh charges of testimonial forgery. The distinguished Senator was taken to Maitama Police station with plan to arraign him tomorrow at an undisclosed Magistrate court.
“We alert the world to the systematic harrassment and victimisation of Senator Adeleke over his pursuit of the retrieval of the governorship mandate freely conferred on him by the people of Osun state. A tribunal has declared him duly elected and a ruling on appeal is pending. Yet, the police in connivance with the appealants have decided to unjustly incarcerate and raised trumped up charges which have been clarified by relevant authorities.
“The Principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through affidavit before Bwari High Court that the school indeed issued the testimonial. WAEC equally testified that the Senator sat for the examination. For the Police to revive this old clarified issue confirms political vendetta.
“We call for urgent intervention of well meaning Nigerians to stop this emerging rape of democracy. The case for which the Police is acting is subjudice. It is sad to note that the Police appears to have become a tool in the hands of enemies of rule of law.
“We urge our supporters to remain calm. Justice shall prevail”.
Monday’s statement by PDP says Adeleke’s detention is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to coerce Senator Adeleke to relinquish the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun state, which was further established by the election petition tribunal.
It adds: “The plot is to drag Senator Adeleke before an ostensibly compromised magistrate court, over the same issues of alleged forged school testimonial that is already before the Federal High Court, with a view to using such corridor to secure a stampeded trial and hurried conviction, and put him out of circulation, over trump-up charges.
“The heinous calculation by the APC is to ensure that Senator Adeleke is not free to be sworn in as governor of Osun state as they know he will surely obtain justice and retrieve his stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
“The police arrested Senator Ademola on the guise of an invitation despite the direct orders of the Federal High Court, restraining it or its agents from arresting and detaining him on account of statement of result and testimonial duly issued by the Ede Muslim Grammar School, Ede, pending the determination of the originating summons pending in the court.
“Senator Adeleke, as a law-abiding citizen, honoured an invitation by the police only for him to be arrested and detained in a dingy facility in Maitama, in direct affront to the order of the Federal High Court.
“The PDP holds that any arraignment of Senator Adeleke in a magistrate court, for a matter that is already being heard by the Federal High Court, is a calculated plot to cause crisis in the judicial system, enmesh the matter in unnecessary controversy as a pathway to truncate the course of justice in his matter.
“The PDP therefore demands forthwith, the immediate and unconditional release of Senator Adeleke by the police.
“This demand is predicated on fears already in the public space that there are plots by certain elements to poison him in detention.
“The PDP therefore cautions those playing the script of the APC with regard to Senator Adeleke to retrace their steps and allow the people of Osun state to move ahead with their preferred governor. Nothing, not even these heinous plots, will subvert this reality”.