Adeleke Denies Appointing Acting Osun Chief Judge
Governor Ademola Adeleke has said he did not appoint any acting Chief Judge, or removed the State Chief Judge from office.
He also said no acting chief judge had been sworn into office as directed by the State House of Assembly, which passed a resolution that the State Chief Judge be suspended, over several allegation it levelled against her.
The Governor in a statement issued on Sunday, said he only forwarded the resolution of the lawmakers to the National Judicial Council and the Chief Justice of the Federation, for decision and action.
Adeleke, however, said he included in his submission that an acting Chief Judge be appointed to fill the vacancy while Nigeria’s Chief Justice and Judicial Council were reviewing and deciding on the house resolution.
The governor admitted he recommended that the most senior judge in the state judiciary, Justice Olayinka Afolabi be appointed the acting chief judge.
The Nigeria Bar Association had rejected the suspension the state chief judge, reminding the governor of a subsisting order of the national industrial court stopping the suspension or removal of the chief judge.
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, the statement added.