Conscience Nigeria wants Salami to honourably resign

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PIX: The Executive Director, Conscience Nigeria, Comrade Tosin Adeyanju (Second Right) and the Coordinator, Women for Transparent Judiciary Initiative Mrs Oladipupo Subomi, flanked by other members, at a world press conference on Sunday in Lagos .

A non-governmental organization, Conscience Nigeria (CN) has called on the President of Court of Appeal; Justice Ayo Salami to honourably resign from the bench to save the judiciary of what is left of it already compromised integrity.

The Executive Director of Conscience Nigeria, Comrade Tosin Adeyanju during a World press conference in Lagos on Sunday, said that it was appalling and abuse of judicial integrity for Justice Salami to wait for now before revealing the alleged attempt to compromise him.

“The sanctity of the judiciary which is very importance to us has been greatly compromised by this action of Justice Salami and we are demanding that he honourably quit the bench to save the judiciary further disgrace”.

“The claim that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Sultan of Sokoto had tried to influence him over the Sokoto Governorship Appeal case and allegations against President Goodluck Jonathan of using surrogate to undermine him are reactionary and a face-saving measure for an exposed Justice Salami to get public sympathy”.

The group also expressed displeasure over the spate of alleged leakages of appeal court judgements as demonstrated in the accusations by Governor Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto State, former Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti State and Senator Iyiola Omisore over appeal cases.

“The allegations that supporters of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ekiti and Osun States had sewn group clothes 'aso ebi' a day before the Appeal Court judgments and the alleged celebration by Democratic People's Party (DPP) supports in Sokoto, that the judgements were leaked out, calls for investigation.

“Our suspicion is further re-enforced by the leakages of correspondents between Justice Salami and the CJN to the Sahara reporters and public. This is very unfortunate and indeed a denigration of the status of a court of appeal president.

“It also appears that Justice Salami is in the minority in the Appeal Court if he had been using only nine judges to prosecute appeal election cases alleged, hence the action of the CJN can be justified as a welcome development to save the Appeal Court of an impending disaster.

Conscience Nigeria however appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on Justice Ayo Salami to in the interest of the judiciary and the nation at large resign from the bench.

 “We are indeed saddened and call for an inquiry into all the allegations against Justice Salami, a review of the appeal judgments under Salami, including Justice Salami himself availing himself of investigation for concealment