The National Judicial Council NJC has queried a serving judge in Osun State, Justice Olamide Falahanmi Oloyede, over her petition to the state House of Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs Titilayo Laoye-Tomori for allegedly mismanaging the state’s resources.
A committee was set-up by the House of Assembly to look into the petition and the house subsequently dismissed the petition for lack of evidence against the respondent.
But the Osun Civil Societies Coalition later petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, alleging that the judge over-stepped her limit as she failed to conduct herself in such a manner as to preserve the dignity of her office being an impartial and independent organ, thereby exposing the judiciary to ridicule and disrepute.
The query letter which was personally signed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed is expected to be answered within 14 days by the judge.
Meantime, Governor Aregbesola has disclosed that his administration would ensure the payment of workers’ salary arrears before the forthcoming Sallah festival.
He disclosed this while addressing some workers and other stakeholders of the state Tuesday evening in Osogbo.
Governor Aregbesola, who described the state workforce as cooperative said he personally shared in the pains they have gone through.
“We will also like to implore workers to join government in its effort to block some channels of leakages. It will be of great help to government and the people if you turn yourselves to whistle blowers by reporting any act or persons that are doing anything that will affect the state,” the governor emphasised.
The petition reads in part: “the judge action is certainly meant to incite the residents of the state against the State Government and its elected officers; the magnitude of the impropriety and concealed message of the petition written by her violates the ethical standard expected of a judicial officer, not only in Nigeria but the world at large”.
“Oloyede act constitutes gross misconduct that runs contrary to the Code of Conduct for Judicial officers and will impact negatively on the judicial system if appropriate sanction is not meted to her and also makes other judiciary officers to become instrument of use for the purpose of partisan politics.”
“That the content of the petition embodies copious political statements, unsubstantiated allegations and accusation aimed at deriding, demeaning and undermining the Government, the person and character of the governor, his deputy and aides.”