Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to immediately sack Justice Okon Abang.
He said that a judge who gives fraudulent judgments is more dangerous than armed robbers.
Fayose who described the controversial Federal High Court, Abuja judge as a disgrace to the judiciary, said the NJC must “save the judiciary from this disgrace called Okon Abang by showing him the way out of the bench.”
The Ekiti State governor was reacting to the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified Abang’s ruling of October 14, 2016 and declared it as a fraud.
He said in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka that Justice Abang must be representing the “dirty interests of some cabals, who are protecting him despite the incalculable damages he has done to the judiciary.”
The statement reads, “In the face of these indictments by the appellate court, NJC must wade in and save the judiciary from Abang. A judge who gives fraudulent judgments is even more dangerous than armed robbers.
“Those running after judges for alleged corruption and excluding a judge like Abang may not be far from being the beneficiaries of his (Abang) fraudulent judgments. A judge like Abang is a canker worm that can destroy the country if not removed totally before he does further damage to the polity.
“Today again, three justices of the appeal court descended on Justice Abang, describing his judgments imposing Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ondo State and the one affirming Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the PDP National Chairman as fraudulent.
“It should be recalled that in June, a five-member panel of the court of appeal led by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju said Abang ‘raped democracy’ when he annulled the election Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Mr. Samson Ogah without evidence of forgery against Dr. Ikpeazu. The court went on to say that Abang embarked on a wild goose chase and that he spoke from both sides of his mouth.
“These are clear indictments on Justice Abang and in a civilised society; he ought to have resigned without the prompting of anyone. Or how can a judge that has been adjudged severally as giving fraudulent judgments and acting like Father Christmas still sit in judgment over cases involving Nigerians?
“The judiciary, being the last hope of the common man must therefore be purged of elements like Abang and NJC must do the needful by sacking him forthwith so that the bench can have a new lease of life”, Fayose said.
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