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CLAIM: Senator Adeleke, PDP Candidate has been sacked by the court from participating in the forthcoming Osun election

VERDICT: False

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CONTEXT: On July 15, 2022, a screenshot message credited to the APC Youth Stakeholders Forum, surfaced on WhatsApp with a claim that Senator Ademola Adeleke, Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun State Governorship election, has been sacked by the court.

VERIFICATION: CDD Fact checkers interrogated the validity of the claim. Findings revealed that on May 18, 2022, a Federal High Court in Osogbo affirmed Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the authentic candidate of the party in the July 16, 2022 governorship election in the state.  

In his Judgement, the judge, Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, held that the primary election conducted at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, on March 8, 2022, that produced Dotun Babayemi, was null and void. He stressed that it was only the aspirant(s) that participated physically at the primary conducted by the PDP National Working Committee and not the one conducted by the party’s state executives that have power and locus standing to challenge such suit in court. In addition, the screenshot was altered, the tweet in the screenshot is not from the original Twitter handle of the APC Youth Stakeholders Forum. In another case, the Federal High Court, Abuja order the sack of Delta PDP governorship candidate in the 2023 general elections, the order was issued on July 7, 2022, by Justice Taiwo Taiwo. The order of the has been served on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), disqualifying Sheriff Oborevwori as the PDP governorship candidate in Delta State.

CONCLUSION: CDD fact-checkers can confirm that the claim that the PDP Candidate, Ademola Adeleke has been sacked is FALSE. The peddler’s intention is to sway voters in the Saturday, July 16, 2022, governorship election. Election periods are usually characterized by political and electoral disinformation, voters and residents of Osun state, should be careful what they believe and share. Don’t forget, if you must share that piece of information, do ensure you can independently verify it.

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