Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
An Osun-based lawyer, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, on Tuesday instituted another suit against the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, bringing his actions against the governor in the law court to six.
In the fresh legal action filed at the Osun State High Court, Osogbo, the rights activist asked the court to grant an order of mandamus compelling the governor to provide full information about all the funds accruable and released to the state judiciary from both the state and federal governments from November 2010 to date.
He further urged the court to compel the governor to release all the funds accruable to the state judiciary from both the state and the federal governments to it as and when due every month.
Ajibola noted that by the provisions of the nation’s constitution, financial independence was created for the judiciary but he discovered that in Osun State, the governor was running “a fused financial account between the judiciary and the executive organs”.
In a 35-paragraph affidavit in support of his motion, Ajibola stated that he believed strongly that the governor was “turning the Osun State judiciary to a financial stooge” and that “this will adversely affect the course of justice in the state”.