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The governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party 'PDP' for the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke reportedly held a negotiation meeting with key contacts of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressive Congress, to reach a truce over his examination malpractice case.

The meeting, it was exclusively gathered, was held last Friday night at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, USA and had in attendance a member of the Adeleke family and another very close friend of the family. The duo met with two members of Tinubu’s inner caucus (names withheld).

Filers from the meeting indicated that the Adelekes were looking at how to get Senator Ademola Adeleke off the hook of the examination malpractice case by negotiating a truce with Tinubu with the Osun Election Tribunal.

Shortly before the Osun gubernatorial election, the Nigeria Police Force filed a case at the Abuja High Court on alleging that Senator Ademola Adeleke was involved in examination malpractices.

On October 21, 2018, Justice I.E Ekwo granted Police leave to dock the senator alongside four other alleged accomplices; Sikiru Adeleke (the principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School), Alhaji Aregbesola Muftau (Registrar of the school), Gbadamosi Ojo (a teacher in the school), and Dare Samuel Olutope.

The Police alleged that one Sikiru Adeleke had sat for NECO examination at the Ojo-Aro Community School sometimes in 2016 on behalf of Senator Ademola Adeleke. The case which has been under investigation since the time of Osun West Senatorial Elections came to the fore after the police completed their investigations.

Based on the Examination Malpractice Act of 1999, if found guilty the embattled senator would be looking at a minimum of three years jail term. Apparently miffed by the weight of evidence which was deposed to by the police at the court as shown by a certified true copy of the court process, it is unlikely that the distinguished Senator will escape the long arm of the law.

A source privy to the Friday meeting disclosed that it was the fear of the possible jail term that motivated the spirited efforts of the Adelekes to reach out to Tinubu. According to the source, the Adelekes believe that Tinubu has very good contacts within the judiciary and it is not unlikely that he would pull some strings to ensure that the Senator does not escape.

"The only bargaining chip the Senator has is the on-going case at the Osun electoral tribunal which could go either ways. The permutation of APC is that with a conviction over examination malpractices, any victory for the PDP at the tribunal will be null and void as a convict cannot be sworn in; moreover, since the offence was committed before the elections, it will impact negatively on the outcome of the tribunal."

"The initial thought of the Adelekes was that if Atiku wins the presidential elections coming up in February there could be a reprieve for the embattled Senator but the family knowing what Nigeria politics is about, do not want to take chances hence the move to cover all fronts," the source also revealed.

The meeting ended late in the night with commitment on the part of the emissaries to reach out to Asiwaju Tinubu in hope of giving the Senator soft landing since he was willing to negotiate away the tribunal case.

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