Adeleke Approves Suspension of Osun Chief Judge over House of Assembly Resolution
Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has approved the suspension of the State Chief Judge, Justice Adepele Ojo, as recommended by the State House of Assembly.
The State Deputy Governor, will today sworn in the most senior judge in the state high court as the acting chief judge, pending the outcome of the investigations of allegations levelled against the chief judge, by the lawmakers.
The governor approved the suspension of the chief judge, despite the order of the national industrial court, stopping anyone from removing her from office.
The lawmakers had accused the chief judge of abuse of office, corruption, misconduct, and disregard for the rule of law.
The assembly then passed a resolution that she should stepped aside, and it notified the national judicial council and the state judicial commission.
Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has appointed Justice Olayinka Afolabi as the acting Chief Judge of Osun state with immediate effect, following the approval of the resolution of the House of Assembly.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson for the governor, Olawale Rasheed, in a statement obtained in Osogbo on Thursday.
The spokesperson for the governor, Olawale Rasheed, in a statement said the House had approved Ojo’s suspension at its plenary.
“Meanwhile, following the approval of the resolution of the House by the governor, the deputy governor has been directed by the governor to perform the swearing-in ceremony of the acting Chief Judge of Osun State which will be held tomorrow at the Executive Lounge, Governor’s Office, Osogbo,” the statement partly read.
Giving further details of what transpired at the plenary, Press Secretary to the Speaker, Tiamiyu Olamide, in a statement, said the Assembly resolved that the House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions and Legal Matters should investigate petitions submitted against Ojo by inviting her.
The judge made a similar order in the case of the Secretary to the Osun State JSC, Michael Obidiya, who also sued the governor to block his planned removal.
Both matters were adjourned till December 12 for hearing of Motions on Notice.