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PDP Flays ACN For Nomination Of Lagos Judge As Osun CJ

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OSOGBO, August 23, (THEWILL) - The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) is on the verge of plunging the nation's judiciary into further chaos with its plot to impose a Lagos judge as chief judge of Osun State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West warned on Thursday.

PDP described the nomination as a grand plot by ACN leaders in Lagos to cripple the judiciary in some states under their control, since they could not purchase the judges there.

“With the appearance of Justice Olubunmi Oyewole before the State Security Service (SSS) in Osogbo today for security screening for the post of Osun chief judge, the plot has become real,” said the southwestern chapter of the PDP in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Hon. Kayode Babade.

It accused members of the Osun state Judicial Service Commission (JSC), who approved Justice Oyewole’s nomination, of selling out the state to Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and “the Lagos cabal desperate to destroy the labours of the founding fathers of Osun State.”

The party lamented that politicians could so brazenly politicise the position of the chief judge of a state Chief, and implored all well-meaning Nigerians to note the danger that the development portends for the administration of justice in the country

The PDP added that it was aware 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 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 to do justice in the matter by disallowing the imposition of an outsider on Osun judiciary.