Osun: Adeleke makes u-turn on appointment of acting Chief Judge



Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state has denied the report that he removed the Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, and appointed an acting chief judge.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, Sunday, stated that the governor had only forwarded the resolution of the House of Assembly and recommendation for an acting appointment to the Chief Justice of the Federation for decision and action.

Adeleke who was out of the country last week directed his deputy, Kola Adewusi, to swear in Justice Olayinka Afolabi as the acting chief judge but Afolabi refused to show up for the swearing-in.

Reactions have greeted the action of the state government as the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) threatened not to recognise Justice Afolabi while civil societies and members of the public have condemned the action.

However, the state government stated that the name of Justice Afolabi has just been forwarded to the NJC for consideration.

The commissioner  said: “With all sense of responsibility, it is important to set the records straight that Governor Adeleke has only duly notified the Chief Justice as the chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) in writing about the resolutions of the House of Assembly following a series of petitions made against the sitting Chief Judge of Osun state.

“In the communication, Mr. Governor intimated to the CJN of the recommendation of the House that the Chief Judge should step aside and included his submission for an acting appointment to fill the vacuum while the NJC reviews and decides on the petition.

“To that end, the governor in the same letter recommended to the CJN, the appointment of the most senior judicial officer, Hon.Justice Olayinka David Afolabi, for thorough consideration and further processing by the same NJC through the CJN.

“We urge the public to note that while the House of Assembly recommended the appointment of a replacement to the governor in its resolution, the governor however toed the line of law by writing the CJN on the entire development and submitting all materials for NJC as mandated by the national agency.”