Governor Kayode Fayemi
By Toba Suleiman
Following the swearing in of the new judge by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, the state chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), has directed its members serving on the State Judicial Service Commission to resign immediately, failure which they would be delisted as NBA members.
According to the body, the directive followed the alleged decision of the governor to deprive two of his members, Barr Dele Omotoso and Barr Olukayode Ogundana’s appointment as Judges of the State High Court despite the recommendations of the National Judicial Council.
Briefing newsmen in Ado Ekiti Thursday, the NBA Chairman, Ado Ekiti Branch, Barr Owoseeni Ajayi said, the call for the resignation of his members like Mr Dele Adesina (SAN) and Chief Makanjuola Esan(SAN) on the Board became imperative, since their voices were no longer respected by the governor.
The NBA boss contended that the body would not fold its arms and allow the reputation of their members to be rubbished by the state government through flagrant violation of the constitution.
While describing the imbroglio as mere family affair that could be easily resolved by the governor through dialogue, NBA threatened that it would not hesitate to block the government at NJC’s office in Abuja, while making case for a substantive Chief Judge, if he fails to swear-in the two nominees.
The body frowned at the way the governor had gone ahead to swear-in one of the nominees and now a Judge, Adesodun Emmanuel despite the court action instituted against the government.
The body is seeking an order compelling the government to act on the NJC’s recommendation and swear-in two other nominees that were deliberately left out.
NBA disclosed that it has got the backing of the NBA President, Mr Joseph Daudu and other relevant stakeholders of the Bar to forge ahead with the ourt action and ensure that normalcy is restored in the matter.
Owoseni, who advised Fayemi against taking partisan stand on the issue, said for Omotoso and Ogundana to have appeared for the Peoples Democratic Party during the election Petition Tribunal, did not in any way make them card-carrying members of the party.
“In our humble opinion, our members serving on this Commission should step aside from the activities of the Commission pending the resolution of this imbroglio”.
He described the governor’s action as a serious slap on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, who is the head of the NJC.
The NBA boss called on eminent members of the Bar, like Chief Afe Babalola(SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN), Senator Tony Adeniyi and Barr Femi Falana to call the governor to order on the matter.