A Magistrate Court in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory has admitted the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2018 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to bail in the sum of N2 million.
Adeleke was arraigned before the court on a five-count charge bordering on alleged false statement and forgery.
He pleaded not guilty to all the five-count charges against him. His lawyer, Prince Adebiyi Adeyosoye accordingly moved an application for his bail.
Although the prosecution counsel opposed the application on grounds that the defendant did not show evidence of his ill health, Justice Mohammed Zubaru, in his ruling, held that he was mindful to grant the bail application and ordered Adeleke to produce a surety in like sum, who must be resident in the FCT.
Adeleke was charged with forging a letter of attestation and result from Muslim Grammar School, Ede Osun State, which he allegedly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission before he contested the last governorship election in Osun State as the candidate of the PDP.
Earlier, when the suit marked CR/26/19 was called, Adeleke’s lawyer told the court that it would be impracticable for the court to proceed with the arraignment on the grounds that the defendant is already standing trial on the same charge in two different high courts.
He submitted that going ahead with the arraignment would amount to abuse of court process.
Adeyosoye told the court that Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, who had on Friday, May 3, granted Adeleke permission to travel abroad for medical attention, ordered the police not to hinder him from embarking on his medical trip scheduled for Tuesday, May 7.
The lawyer also presented before the court another order of a High Court in Osun which specifically ordered the police not to arrest or prevent him from travelling abroad for medical attention.
The two court orders were tendered and admitted in evidence as exhibit A and A1.