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Osun Guber: Rights group condemns Tinubu, APC’s alleged involvement in composition of Appeal Court panel judges

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 20/04/2019

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Civil Rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has raised alarm over the alleged involvement of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the ruling party in the composition of the Appeal Court Panel Judges which lead to the alleged inclusion of Justice Joseph Olubunmi Kolawole Oyewole into the panel.

The group revealed that it was reliably informed by the sources close to the Office of the Court of Appeal President that the leadership of APC was consulted before the composition of the current Appeal Tribunal Panel on 2018 Osun governorship election. It said that the ruling party is not comfortable with the landmark majority judgment of the lower tribunal that declared opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, the winner of September 22, 2018, Guber election in the state.

To show its grouse over the action, CHRSJ wrote a Petition Letter dated 18th of April, 2018 and forwarded to the Court of Appeal President which is constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of constituting the Governorship Election Appeal Panel over alleged inclusion of Justice JOK Oyewole in the panel.

It also copied the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and International communities for their urgent and necessary action on the subject matter.

According to the signed Petition Letter by the CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman and also contained in a Press Statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, demanded the outright removal of Justice Oyewole from the Panel.

The Petition Letter read thus: “We have it on good authority that Hon. Justice JOK Oyewole is one of the Justices to be appointed by your good self to serve in the Appeal Tribunal of the 2018 Osun Governorship Election Petition. It is our belief that anybody that would serve in such exalted position in the temple of justice must be above board in all ramifications which the said Hon. Justice Oyewole could not be categorised as one of such jurists in the panel.

“It is to inform your good self that Justice JOK Oyewole is a benefactor of the appellants in the said Election Petition and it would be difficult for Justice Oyewole to dispense justice without bias. CHRSJ also wishes to inform you good authority that Mr. Gboyega Oyetola who is the 2nd Respondents (now appellants) in the Governorship Election Petition is a Nephew of APC National Leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the then Chief of Staff in immediate past Rauf Aregbesola’s government.

“Going by the history and Oyewole’s background, Mr. Justice Oyewole is a native of Ila Orangun in Ila Local Government area of Osun State but began his (Justice Oyewole) Law Practice in Lagos State as a pupil Lawyer where the Asiwaju of Ila Orangun and Former Acting Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande introduced him (Justice Oyewole) to the then

Governor of Lagos State (now APC National Leader), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu where Oyewole was nominated as Magistrate in Lagos State and later elevated to become the Lagos State Judge through recommendation by the National Judicial Council (NJC) by the Lagos State government.

“More so, the immediate past Osun State government, which the Appellant (Mr. Gboyega Oyetola) serves as Chief of Staff planned to nominate Justice JOK Oyewole through the State Judicial Service Commission to be the Chief Judge of Osun State while he was a Judge in the Lagos State Judiciary. We rose up to forestall their judicial selfish agenda then and even, the Osun State Judges signed a memo to the NJC against this act and it was the effort of the courageous Chairman of NJC and the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Muktar that rightly refused to accept the nomination by insisting that the most Senior in Osun bench should be recommended.”

The letter further stated: “Later, the then Osun Governor, Mr. Aregbesola of APC presented Justice Oyewole to the NJC in 2013 to use Osun’s slot to be elevated to the Court of Appeal. There is still rumpus in Osun State today and you will see that Justice Oyewole got to the Court of Appeal through the efforts of Tinubu/Aregbesola/ Oyetola. May Lord ma, how on earth will Oyewole would not favour the above 3 named persons in his dispensation of justice, so, he will be definitely biased.

“Ma, allowing Justice Oyewole in the composition of the Appellate Court jurists on 2018 Governorship Election Petition Tribunal of Osun State would not only subvert the electoral will of the good people of Osun State but scuttle the truth and justice which could uplift any given society in democratic life.”

“In view of the above points, CHRSJ is rejecting the inclusion of Justice JOK Oyewole in the proposed Election Petition Appeal panel because if Justice Oyewole is part of the Governorship Election Appeal Panel, the panel might have accommodated “cancer” in its fold and it may get all the body rotten,” the group submitted.

Source News Express

Posted 20/04/2019 7:23:12 PM





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