The witnesses that were brought before a Federal high court in Abuja have said on Wednesday that Senator Ademola Adeleke was not in examination hall during the period the National Examination Council (NECO) held.
The witnesses Odesola Emmanuel and Adigun Akintayo were presented by the prosecution to the court as the PW3 and PW4 respectively, Premium Times reports.
Mr Adeleke was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun State governorship election of last year
He was in 2018 arraigned before the court on allegations of examination malpractice and certificate forgery.
He was arraigned alongside the principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Aregbesola Muftau; the registrar of the school, Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher in the school, Dare Samuel Olutope, as well as Sikiru Adeleke.
The police accused them of fraudulently registering Mr Adeleke and another Sikiru Adeleke as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in Ojo-Aro, Osun State, for the National Examination Council’s June/July 2017 Senior School Certificate Examination in February 2017.
But while testifying against the senator before the court on Wednesday, the PW3, Mr Emmanuel, a teacher at Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in Egbedore Local Government Area of Osun state, who supervised the NECO for June/July 2017, said he was not given the school album to enable cross check the candidates by the name and picture.
He said he knows Mr Adeleke as a public figure in Osun State but did not see him in the hall of 60 candidates that only 58 sat for the exam.