The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun state governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday obtained a court order, restraining the police from arresting him.
Adeleke had approached a High Court of Justice in Ejigbo, Osun State, after the Police declared him wanted over allegations of engaging in examination malpractice and impersonation.
In granting Adeleke’s application, the court made an order restraining the police, “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 the 22 day of September, 2018 and thereafter, pending the determination at the substantive application.”
Earlier, the PDP and Adeleke’s campaign organisation had rejected the announcement of the charges of examination malpractice by the police.
The PDP accused the police of acting the script of the All Progressives Congress, while the Adeleke campaign organisation described the action of the police as a threat to democracy
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the action of the police as “horrible, nauseating and displeasing”.
“While the PDP is in no way against any legitimate effort by any security agency in the discharge of its duties, we totally reject this unrelenting attempt to use trumped-up charges to take down our candidate, simply because the APC has realised that he is coasting to victory,” Ologbondiyan said.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Inspector-general of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to halt proceedings against Adeleke until after Saturday’s governorship polls.