The People Democratic Party in Osun State has commended the National Judicial Council for ensuring sanity in the judiciary by preventing the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, from imposing a judge from the Lagos State Judiciary, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole, on his seniors in Osun State as Chief Judge.
The Director of Media and Strategy for Osun State PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, in a statement in Osogbo, the state capital, noted that the NJC acted well and that the action of the council was very apt in the interest of legal practitioners in Osun State and for the good of the society as a whole.
The PDP said: “The intention of Ogbeni Aregbesola to impose Justice Oyewole in Osun state is for some hatchet man’s job and lord him over many judges who are his seniors on the bench, which is very ridiculous and capable of rubbishing the judiciary and its structures.
“The fact that the NJC eventually refused to consider a list forwarded to it by Aregbesola in which he placed Oyewole above the other two most senior judges in the state confirmed that Aregbesola does not have the fear of God and failed to realise that his callous decision to impose Oyewole on his seniors in Osun will have adverse effect on the affected judges.
“We therefore want to join NJC in calling Aregbesola to comply strictly with the seniority arrangement in the Osun State judiciary as we continue to wonder why our governor does not believe in the ability of anyone residing in Osun State when it comes to appointment into positions of authority.
“This mindset gives bad impression about residents of Osun State and depicts them as inferior to those in Lagos state.
“It will be good if Aregbesola will learn from this shameful rejection of his stooge as Osun CJ and begin to appreciate people of Osun State and allow those
in Lagos to face their business.”