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Groups clash over Osun judge’s call for Aregbesola’s impeachment

The Osun Civil Societies Coalition and Democratic Socialist
Movement have expressed disagreement over the propriety
or otherwise of the call by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede on the
House of Assembly to impeach Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The two groups expressed divergent views in separate
statements made available to our correspondent in Osogbo
on Tuesday.

While the OCSC in a statement signed by its Chairman,
Waheed Lawal, Secretary, Adebayo Bello and Director of
Publicity, Ismail Uthman said it had petitioned the National
Judicial Council and asked the body to investigate the
judge, the DSM said Oloyede had done nothing wrong and
she should be commended for her courage.

The Osun State Coordinator of the DSM, Mr. Alfred Adegoke
and secretary, Mr. Kola Ibrahim in their statement said the
judge’s petition just stated what was already known to the
people of the state.

The OCSC stated that the judge had brought the judiciary
into ridicule by dabbling into partisan politics while stating
that her allegations against the governor were unfounded.

The letter partly read, “It behoves us to say that the words
and language in the petition are unbecoming, maladroit and
ungainly for the high standard of conduct expected of any
judicial officer in this country.

“The magnitude of impropriety, of the form, dimension and
concealed message of the petition violates every ethical
standard devoted to the status of a judicial officer.

“If appropriate action was not meted on her (Justice
Folahanmi) a floodgate will be opened and every willing and
available Judicial Officer would soon become an instrument
of use for the purpose of partisan politics.”

The OCSC noted that the words employed by the judge were
meant to incite members of the public against Aregbesola.

The group added that the judge’s action would open a
floodgate of misuse of position by some judges, if Oloyede
was not sanctioned by the NJC.

“In as much as we are not in support of corruption, we call
on the Osun lawmakers to be fair and transparent in
investigating the petition and we demand that appropriate
action should be taken on Governor Aregbesola if he
commits impeachable offence as alleged,” the statement

The DSM also alleged that the Aregbesola administration
plunged the state into the current financial crisis because of
reckless spending by the governor.

Adegoke said, ” We in the DSM salute the courage of the
judge and welcome her decision to lend her voice in support
of the immediate alleviation of the preventable plight of
workers and pensioners in Osun State. We do not buy the
bogey of some people that, as a judge, she does not have
Democratic right to air her views about issues that affect
her family, relations and the state at large, even if she has
knowledge of misdeed by government officials.

“We beleive she had every democratic right to air her views
on going-on in the society. The allegations raised by the
said judge are not new but open secret in the state.”

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