UPDATE: ADELEKE bows to pressures, denies appointment of new Acting Chief Judge for Osun

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THE Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has bowed to pressures and criticism from well meaning Nigerians for sacking the Chief Judge, Justice Adebola Adepele-Ojo and appointment of Acting Chief Judge, Justice Olayinka Afolabi.





The statement was made on Sunday, November 19, 2023 in a Press Release by the State Commissioner of Information and Public Enlightenment, Oluomo Kolapo Alimi available to SOJ WORLDWIDE.




Alimi said the Governor has not appointed any Acting Chief Judge but only forwarded the resolution of State House of Assembly to the Chief Justice of the Federation for decision and action.

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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.





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 the CJN of the recommendation of the House that the Chief Judge should step aside and included his own submission for an acting appointment to fill the vacuum while the NJC reviews and decides on the petition.

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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 as Acting Chief Judge of Osun state.

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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.”

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