Fresh fact has emerged on why the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke boycotted Friday's governorship debate.

Contrary to claims by the camp of Adeleke that the event clashed with some of his already planned schedule, investigation by Bounce News revealed that the PDP deliberately shunned the event.

Adeleke was the only candidate that did not show up.


The debate, which was organised by the British Broadcasting Corporation (Yoruba) in conjunction with Rave Radio and the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, was held at the Olagunsoye Oyinlola Auditorium of the Osun State University, Osogbo, the state capital.

The candidates present at the debate included Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Moshood Adeoti of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Fatai Akinbade of Action Democratic Congress (ADC).

An insider source within Adeleke's camp, who preferred anonymity, confirmed to Bounce News that his boss' absence at the debate was deliberate and planned.

He stated that the plan is to continue to keep the candidate away from public scrutiny.

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Since his emergence as the PDP's candidate for the election, Adeleke has been facing series of allegations.

First, he was accused of manupulating the voting exercise, which produced him as the candidate of the party.

He has also been accused of certificate forgery. It is alleged that he does not have the West African School Certificate (WAEC) and did not graduate from Jacksonville State University (JSU) in the United States, as he claimed.

The case is currently before two courts.

One of the courts had on Wednesday ordered WAEC to produce the results recorded by Adeleke in the May/June 1981 examinations conducted by the council.

Justice O. A. Musa, ruling on an ex-parte application by two plaintiffs, Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, specifically ordered the examination body to produce in court the ledger containing results of Ademola and his mates with whom he sat for the examinations.

The source told Bounce News that there was no way these issues will be not be raised at the debate.

Reminded that Adeleke could have used the opportunity of the debate to clear the air on the controversy, the source noted that the debate would compound the problem since Adeleke may not want to address it as the case is before the court.

"It is better not to attend than to complicate issues", the source added.

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