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PDP flays ACN for sending Oyewole's name to SSS as Osun CJ nominee

By Lere Olayinka
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West has warned the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) not to plunge the nation's judiciary into further chaos with its plot to impose a Lagos judge on Osun State as Chief Judge.

The party said it was aware of a grand plot by ACN leaders in Lagos to cripple the judiciary in some states under their control because "they could not purchase the judges there."

The South West chapter of the PDP in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Hon. Kayode Babade today, said; "with the appearance of Justice Olubunmi Oyewole before the State Security Service (SSS) in Osogbo on today for security screening for the post of Osun Chief Judge, the plot had become real."

It accused members of Osun state Judicial Service Commission (JSC) who approved Justice Oyewole of selling out the state to Mr Rauf Aregbesola and what it called "the Lagos cabal that are desperate to destroy the labours of the founding fathers of Osun state. "

The party called on all well meaning Nigerians to note the danger the development held for the administration of justice in the country if politicians could so brazenly politicise the position of a state Chief Judge.

The PDP added that it learnt authoritatively that the ACN planned to use the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami to lobby the leadership of the National Judicial Council (NJC) for an easy endorsement of Oyewole as Chief Judge of Osun state.

It therefore advised members of the NJC to be guided by their oaths of office and do justice in the matter by not allowing the imposition of an outsider on Osun judiciary as Chief Judge.

Based on the recommendation of Osun State JSC, Lagos based Justice Olubunmi Oyewole and the number two judge in Osun state High court, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo reportedly underwent SSS screening today (Thursday) in Osogbo.