Leadership (Abuja)

15 November 2012

Nigeria: Osun Assembly Rejects NJC Nominee for Chief Judge

The National Judicial Council (NJC) nominee for the position of the Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo,has been rejected by the State Assembly,urging the state governor,Mr Rauf Aregbesola to appoint a Judge in acting capacity pending when the litigation against the state Judicial Service Commission in which the state legislature and the governor were joined is disposed off.

The nominee,Justice Ojo also described the step taken by Olagunsoye Oyinlola's regime in appointing the then President of the Customary Court of Appeal and outgone Justice Olaniyi Ojo as Chief Judge as illegal and clear violation of the order of seniority and precedent.

LEADERSHIP had earlier exclusively reported that NJC and out gone CJ, Justice Ojo were planning to impose their ally as Chief Judge of the State.

Answering questions from lawmakers during her screening for the post of the State Chief Judge, Justice Ojo said the then number two Justice Awotoye ought to have been selected for the post occupied by Ojo, but was sidelined for reason known to the then government.

Justice Ojo who was made comfortable by the Speaker via humorous interjections aimed at dousing the tension the screening exercise was generating while answering questions said, if confirmed as CJ, would strive to maintain harmonious working relationship among the three arms of government with a view to having a working system.

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