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Osun: ‘Oloyede Embarrassed The Judiciary, Not Fit To Hold Office’

Posted: Aug 4, 2015 at 9:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan, Lagos



Foremost Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Professor Itse Sagay and. Folake Solanke, have described a petition addressed to the Osun State House of Assembly by a serving judge in the state, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as an “open display of indiscipline and crass irresponsibility.”

Sagay, a professor of law, and Solanke, the first female SAN, in a joint press statement on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, also chided the National Judicial Council (NJC) for failing to sanction the judge ever since she decided to descend into partisan politics, and warned that the council would be guilty of dereliction of duty if the judge is left unpunished.

The senior lawyers criticised the Osun State House of Assembly for setting up a panel to investigate the allegations contained in the judge’s petition against the governor, because, by doing so, the lawmakers exhibited their ignorance of impeachment proceedings and the processes involved.

Oloyede had petitioned the House of Assembly and copied the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asking that Aregbesola should be investigated for corruption and mismanagement of state funds.

The judge further alleged in the petition that Aregbesola could not pay workers’ salary owing to corruption, which had made the state insolvent.

Sagay and Solanke said they were disturbed by the source of the petition because it exposed the embarrassing ignorance of the judge regarding the process for the impeachment of governors.

“Justice Oloyede is clearly not a member of the Osun State House of Assembly. She is not even a member of a civil society organisation.  She is in fact a member of the Judiciary, the third arm of government conferred with the responsibility of the interpretation of laws, including the Constitution, and the issuing of orders, judgments and sentences.

“Indeed, it is the duty of someone in Justice Oloyede’s position to preside over a case for the determination of the issue, whether a purported removal of a governor by impeachment is valid or not.  It is, therefore, a cause for great embarrassment and shame that a judge of the high court is ignorant of the fact that she cannot initiate impeachment proceedings against the governor. This raises a question whether she is fit to hold the office to which she has been appointed,” the lawyers said.