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Putting the records straight: Osun Gov. Adeleke completed varsity education, certificates confirmed — media team

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Contrary to insinuations in some quarters particularly those who lost re-election bid in Osun governorship poll,
Governor Ademola Adeleke did not complete university education under 28 days.

Adeleke’s media team wondered why those they called agents of fake news cannot abandon their evil trade because of the pain of losing power.

“Governor Adeleke did not complete university education under 28 days as falsely reported.

“All the schools attended at the United States confirmed the certificates, the transcripts and his sojourn across the various schools.

“The certificates and the schools were also reviewed and their legality confirmed by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education.

“The facts and figures of how Governor Ademola Adeleke concluded his university education confirm one fact — all his certificates are authentic and without any trace of forgery,” Isamotu Malaga, a member of the Governor’s media team, said in a statement given to Persecondnews on Saturday.

He stated: “First, the Penn Foster High School certificate was not the basis of his admission and graduation with a university degree.

“The Penn Foster High School Diploma certificate is not in any way connected to his university degree. It was a decision he took to ensure he satisfies agitation as to the status of his secondary education during the 2018 Osun election.

“The university degree was a cumulative outcome of his intermittent higher educational sojourn which started in June 1981 and concluded in August 2021.

“His admission to the Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville Alabama USA in 1981 was not based on school certificate qualification but, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Academic College Test (ACT) which is equal to SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) alongside cummulative review of Academic Transcript comprising of results of promotion examinations from one secondary school class to the other (Form 1- Form 5).

“That was a standard practice in the early 80s for admission into United States’ tertiary institutions.

“Admission to United States school in the 70s and 80s was not necessarily through school certificate qualifications. The conditions are mostly TOEFL, SAT or ACT.

“These are reviewed alongside your transcripts from secondary school like results of promotion examinations from one class to the other.”

According to Malaga, the Governor entered Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama with TOEFL, ACT and his secondary school transcripts in June 1981after due evaluation by the school authorities.

He clarified: “He (Adeleke) was a student of Jacksonville State University from June 1981 till December 1986.

“He transferred his studentship to Atlanta Metropolitan State College (formerly known as Atlanta Junior College) which is part of the University System of Georgia owned by the State of Georgia USA. He transferred to the school in January 1987, and attended in the 1987 school year and 1991 school year.

“He re-enrolled in August 2019, Fall semester and attended continuously up till August 2021 when he finally graduated with a BSc in Criminal Justice.

“The cumulative hours and courses he earned over the period as listed accounted for the short time for his degree after he re-enrolled in August 2019.

“He would have even graduated earlier but he took additional classes to retake three courses he had earlier passed but which the school authorities said had become obsolete.

“The transcripts submitted by the Senator showed the history of his university education. In fact, Jacksonville State University confirmed in writing that Senator Adeleke enrolled in June 1981 and left in December 1986.

“The Penn Foster High School Diploma is not the basis for his admission to the university or his eventual Bsc Degree.”

“He chose to attend the school and earn the high school certificate to fulfil the desire within Nigeria that stigmatises whoever has no passing grades in WASSCE.

“Agents of fake news have failed. Governor Adeleke fulfilled all requisite educational requirements. He neither forged any certificate nor recorded any conflicting dates in his educational sojourn,” Persecondnews quotes from the statement.

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