Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has alleged that the ruling APC is plotting with the help of two former governors of the state, Engr. Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to employ some judges, including the controversial Justice Okon Abang to compromise justice and remove him from office.
Fayose made this allegation in a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to compromise a section of the Judiciary and muzzle democracy in their desperation to oust him from office.
He said, “Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi boastfully claimed that they have enlisted the assurances of Justice Okon Abang and one or two other judges in the concocted fresh suit, hinged on the report of a useless, senseless, and orchestrated Military report not known to the Electoral law,” he said.
He wondered how Ekiti State APC led by Oni and Fayemi who is now the Minister for Solid Minerals and their collaborators will pursue their “clandestine agenda of reversing an election they lost over 30 months ago and validated by the tribunal, appeal court and the Supreme Court.”
“Certain APC chieftains were again making subterranean moves to manipulate and compromise a section of the Judiciary, particularly some judges, to get through the back door what they failed severally to achieve through the ballot box as well as in open court, even in matters already decided by the Supreme Court”, he said.
According to Fayose, the essence is to silence him as the voice of opposition in the country because he has bluntly rejected all overtures to him to defect into the ruling APC or stop talking. He warned against such plot which is capable of destabilising Ekiti State.
“At a recent meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, at which several stalwarts and chieftains of the APC were in attendance, two former governors of the state and members of the APC, namely Engr. Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, now a Federal Minister, boasted that there is no going back on the latest plans to subvert the will of the people of Ekiti freely given; wrest the governance of Ekiti from me at all costs before the expiration of my tenure in October 2018 through orchestrated but dubious legal process; and thereby render nugatory the sacred mandate of the people given unto me openly and unequivocally when I won in all the 16 local governments of the state while the then incumbent Governor, Kayode Fayemi recorded zero.
“…the plotters of this judicial coup-de-tat plan to procure the services of a compromised or malleable judge to get self-serving ‘jankara’ and kangaroo judgment with the intention of having the Supreme Court reverse itself on the June 2014 Ekiti election.”
He urged the CJN to take notice of judicial pronouncements by courts of concurrent jurisdiction as well as the “scathing remarks of appellate courts on how the said Justice Abang has been used in the past by anti-democratic forces to endanger democracy and engage in deleterious miscarriage of justice”.
Fayose prayed that the Judiciary would not succumb to devious plots to undermine its independence and integrity and rubbish its good name and hard-earned reputation any more.
“My Lord, you have a duty to ensure that no Judge under your watch is enlisted into this diabolical act by any rampaging anti-democratic elements,” Fayose wrote.
RipplesNigeria ….without borders, without fears
- Edo discharges 80 COVID-19 patients - July 3, 2020
- ONDO: PDP screening panel disqualifies two aspirants - July 3, 2020
- A house united? Wike to head PDP campaign council for Edo governorship election - July 3, 2020