An Osun State High Court sitting in Ejigbo has granted an order restraining the police from arresting the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The police had on Wednesday asked Adeleke to appear at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on the allegation of certificate forgery but President Muhammadu Buhari intervention stopped the police from inviting the candidate.
However, Justice Yinka Aderibigbe gave an exparte order that Adeleke should not be arrested pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit filed before him by Adeleke.
The order was given following an exparte application made before him by Adeleke’s counsel, Mr Kanmi Ajibola before the court.
A copy of the exparte order was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo by the Head of Media Team of Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Mr Banidele Salam.
The police had earlier invited Adeleke to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for the purpose of arraigning him on charges of examination malpractices, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, breach of duty and aiding and abetting.
A presidential source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, told some State House correspondents that the President had directed that Adeleke should not be invited until after Saturday’s election.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, had in a statement told Adeleke and four others to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja, immediately for arraignment in court.