Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has approved the resolution of the Osun State House of Assembly asking the Osun State Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo to step aside pending investigation of allegations of misconduct, abuse of power, corruption and disregard for rule of law against her by the House of Assembly.
This was has he directed his Deputy, Prince Kola Adewusi to perform the swearing-in ceremony of the Acting Chief Judge of Osun State tomorrow.
This is coming despite a court injunction barring the State Governor from removing the State Chief Judge. Recall, the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, had dragged the state Governor, Ademola Adeleke before the National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan over alleged plans to remove her.
However, a statement conveying the approval of her removal by Mr. Ademola Adeleke was made available to Osun Defender on Thursday by the Governor’s spokesperson, Rasheed Olawale.
According to the statement, the Osun Assembly had in its sitting today, 16th November, 2023, resolved that the Executive should be informed of the House resolution and that the next in order of seniority to Justice Adepele Ojo be sworn-in immediately to avoid any vacuum in the third arm of government in Osun State.
The statement said the house had earlier resolved as follows: “Having received various petitions against the Chief Judge of Osun State bothering on gross misconducts, abuse of office, corruption and lack of respect for due process and rule of law, this Honourable House, in performance of its oversight functions and exercise of its investigative powers vested by the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) hereby resolved as follows:
“That the Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions and Legal Matters investigate the petitions against the Chief Judge of Osun State, Honourable Justice Adepele Ojo, by inviting the Chief Judge and report to the House within 7 days from today.
“That pending the outcome of the investigation, the Chief Judge of Osun State, Honourable Justice Adepele Ojo should step aside, not for any disciplinary action, but to allow for proper investigation of the allegations
“That while she steps aside pending the investigation, the Executive Governor should immediately swear-in the next judge in order of Seniority as the Acting Chief Judge of Osun State.
“The Executive should immediately notify the National Judicial Council and the State Judicial Service Commission of the resolutions of this House immediately for their awareness.
“That the Clerk of this House should forward the resolutions of this House to the Executive, the National Judicial Council and the State Judicial Service Commission.”
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