President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, not to summon Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Osun gubernatorial election, until after Saturday’s exercise.
The police had earlier on Wednesday, asked Adeleke to immediately appear before it at the force headquarters, Abuja, over alleged examination malpractice.
However, a source in the presidency told reporters hours after the police’s order that Buhari had instructed the IGP not to go ahead with the invitation until the governorship election is over, The Cable reports.
Earlier, Jimoh Moshood, the force public relations officer, had said charges of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, and breach of duty had been filed against Adeleke and others at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to Moshood, Adeleke connived with four persons identified as; Sikiru Adeleke, Aregbesola Mufutau ;principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun, Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo; school official responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO and one Dare Olutope; school teacher who facilitated the crime.
He had asked them to report to the special investigation panel at the force headquarters in Abuja.
The fresh order against Adeleke by the police came few hours after the West African Examination Council, WAEC, confirmed that he sat for its examination in 1981.
The council had informed an FCT High Court, that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981, contrary to suit filed against him.
Adeleke is one of the contenders for Saturday’s election.