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Suspended Osun CJ controversy: Adeleke reverses self, clarifies 

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osin State has reversed his controversial decision to dispend the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Oyebola Ojo.

The governor denied the report that Ojo was suspended but clarified that he only forwarded the resolution of the House of Assembly, asking her to “step aside”, pending the outcome of the investigation of an allegation of corruption against her.

Olawale Rasheed  the governor’s spokesperson, had  in a statement last Thursday, announced  Adeleke’s approval of the suspension of the CJ, pending the outcome of the investigation into allegation against her.

He followed this up with another statement, announcing appointment of Justice Olayinka Afolabi as acting Chief Judge, who was to be sworn in on Friday, by Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi, an event that never held.

However, Kolapo Alimi,
the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, in a statement said the governor had not appointed any judicial officer as acting Chief Judge, saying heAdeleke only recommended the judge to the National Judicial Council, NJC, being the most senior in line.

“The government of Osun State has denied news reports that Governor Ademola Adeleke has removed the Chief Judge and appointed an acting Chief Judge, clarifying 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,” the statement read.

“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 include 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 national agency.

“We, therefore, wish to state categorically that Governor Adeleke has not appointed any judicial official as Acting Chief Judge and nobody has been sworn in as Acting Chief Judge of Osun State.

“Governor Adeleke is a man of due process and rule of law with a deep level of respect for the bar and the bench, the NJC and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We assure the public that Mr Governor is fully aware of the limit of his powers as well as the responsibilities of the various agencies of government and will therefore not act in any way to violate the constitution and rule of law.”

Governor Adeleke had set off a gale of criticisms when he allegedly ignored court orders and suspended the state Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Ojo.