An Osun State High Court sitting in Ejigbo has granted an order restraining the police from arresting the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The police had on Wednesday asked Adeleke to appear at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on the allegation of certificate forgery but President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention stopped the police’s summon on the candidate.
However, Justice Yinka Aderibigbe gave an interim order that Adeleke should not be arrested pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit filed before him by Adeleke.
The order was given following an ex parte application made before him by Adeleke’s counsel, Mr Kanmi Ajibola.
A copy of the interim order was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo by the Head of the Media Team of Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Mr Banidele Salam.
Counsel for the applicant, Mr Kanmi Ajibola, also confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone that he made the application before Justice Aderibigbe and the judge granted the order restraining the police from arresting his client.
It read, “An order restraining the respondents, their agents or privies from taking any steps by way of arresting and/or detaining the applicant, that will infringe on the liberty and freedom of the applicant to prepare for and participate in the Osun State governorship election of 22nd of September, 2018 and thereafter, pending the determination of the substantive application.
“And for such order or further orders as this Honorable Court may deem for to make in the circumstances of this application.
“Upon reading the application and affidavit of Ademola Adeleke, male, Muslim, Public Officer, Nigeria citizen of Ademola Adeleke Country Home, Ede, Osun State of Nigeria. Sworn to and filed at the High Court Registry, Ejigbo, on 20th, September 2018.
“And after hearing from Mr Kanmi Ajibola, counsel for the applicant where he moved the motion, the court then ordered as follows: An order is granted restraining the respondents, their agents or privies from taking any steps by way of arresting and or detaining the applicant that will infringe on the liberty and freedom of the applicant to prepare for and participate in the Osun State Governorship election of 22nd of September at the substantive application. The return date shall be Thursday, 27th September 2018.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm on the alleged planned arrests of key chieftains of the party by the police on trump-up charges ahead of the Saturday governorship election in Osun State.
The National Vice Chairman of the PDP (South West), Dr Eddy Olafeso, who said this while addressing journalists on Thursday in Ede, alleged further that the planned arrest to destabilise the opposition party ahead of the poll was being masterminded by the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Describing the action of the police so far as despotic and an attempt to scuttle the nation’s democracy, Olafeso said this was evident in the police invitation to the candidate of the PDP in the election, Adeleke, just some hours to the election.