Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has displayed for public scrutiny, a list of 48 candidates of political parties participating in the exercise as well as their running mates and the certificates being paraded by the contestants.
Following the development, however, fresh facts emerged on Friday on how detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Ikoyi, Lagos, arrested the principal of Ede Muslim High School I, Ede, Mr Khalid Abass, in a move to investigate the statement of results and testimonial of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Adeleke.
The list with photocopies of the candidates’ academic qualifications, which was attached to Form CF001, is displayed on the notice board at the frontage of the state headquarters of the electoral body in Osogbo.
When Saturday Tribune visited the INEC secretariat, located opposite Osun State House of Assembly Complex, politicians and members of the public were seen reading through the list and checking the information contained in Form CF001 submitted by the candidates of the different political parties and their running mates.
A check through the Form CF001 submitted by the candidates indicated that the standard-bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola, holds a Bachelor of Science in Insurance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, filed in his school certificate results and testimonial from Ede Muslim High School 1, Ede.
The standard-bearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, said he holds Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Infrastructure Business Management and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Building Service Engineering, just as the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Mr James Olugbenga Akintola, holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree and M.Sc. in Architecture. The governorship candidate of the Accord Party (AP) holds a BSc. degree in Sociology and Anthropology.
While the standard-bearer of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr Kazeem Ademola Adio, a former Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG), holds a BSc. in Accounting and a Master’s degree in International Marketing Management, his counterpart in the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Chief Moshood Olalekan Adeoti, also a former Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG), holds a first degree in Business Administration.
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Oluwatoki Adetokunbo Adedayo, holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fine Arts, just as the standard-bearer of the All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), Hon. Kehinde Olufemi Lawrence, holds a first degree in Law and the candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Mr Adediji Olanrewaju Adewuyi, a first degree in Education.