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Osun Assembly Dismisses Oloyede’s Petition For Lack Of Merits

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 12:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti –  OSOGBO


The 7-man  panel set up by the Osun State House of Assembly to investigate alleged corruption practices and misappropriation of public funds levelled against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede yesterday submitted its reports to the whole house urging the legislators to dismiss the petition for lack of merit.

While presenting its report at the floor of the assembly, the Chairman of panel, Hon. Akintunde Adegboye who is also the Deputy Speaker admonished the State Judicial Service Commisison to institute a disciplinary committee against the judge for what it termed ‘her unethical conduct’.

The panel noted that the petitioner abandoned her claims by refusing to appear personally before it to substantiate the various allegations levelled against the Governor and his deputy stressing that the petition was frivolous, fictitious, baseless, describing it as embodiment of emotions and political partisanship.

The committee also frowned that the representatives of the petitioner that appeared before the panel could not produce any documents to substantiate the allegations during their appearance, noting that such was contrary to the petitioner’s claim in Paragraph 1, Page 4 of her petition, where she admitted that she had first hand experience which constitute evidence of alleged unfortunate situation in which Osun currently find herself.

The committee submitted that the insistence of the petitioner to see the Governor’s response to the petition means that the petitioner gave condition for her appearance before the state legislator, saying “her action was against the standing rules, conventions, or even international best practices.”

The committee submitted that the petition was against legal norms and ethics for a sitting judge to publicly take political position saying such act was unacceptable to the state judicial Commission.

Considering the report, the minority leader, Hon. Samson Makinde urged the house not to dismiss the petition saying there were certain issues raised by the petitioner that required special attention.

Makinde maintained that the issue of mismanagement of federal allocation to the state, failure of government to conduct local government elections in the state for the past four years must be given special considerations.

Reacting to the recommendation of the committee, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, asserted that the embattled Justice Folahanmi Oloyede has betrayed the oath of her office, saying that she has lost her worth to be a judge in the temple of justice in Osun.