Fayose asks NJC to probe Taraba judgment
CNPP asks governor to disclose disbursement of bailout fund
EKITI State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe the Taraba State Governorship Election Tribunal judgment, sacking the State Governor, Darius Ishaku.
He said, “Such judicial rascality and conspiracy displayed in Taraba State must not be allowed to go unquestioned.”
The governor noted that from the Taraba State judgment and others involving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it appeared there were different laws being applied to similar cases by the election tribunal, adding, “Even when a judge has to exercise his discretion in a matter before him, such discretion must be exercised judicially and judiciously.”
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose maintained that “instead of calling for Fayose’s head that they can never get, the judiciary must in the interest of democracy and rule of law purge itself of cash and carry judges that are daily giving tainted and contradictory judgments.”
The governor, who said even though parties to the case have the option of appeal up to the Supreme Court, added that those who truncated democracy in Nigeria through military coup must not be allowed to truncate democracy again through manipulation of a section of the judiciary and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said, “There are no gods in the judiciary and if Ghana, a smaller country could suspend 22 judges over bribery allegation and probed 12 others, the NJC must not play ostrich to these Salamic judgments being delivered by tribunal judges.
“Those judges, who gave the Taraba State judgment, which is totally against the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the one who took N15 million bribe in Yobe State must be investigated by the NJC.”
While also accusing INEC of being part of the conspiracy against the PDP, the governor wondered why the commission did not raise any objection to Governor Ishaku’s participation in the election when his name was submitted as PDP candidate, only for the commission to now cook up report against the PDP at the tribunal.
The CNPP said this is imperative in the face of the inability of the State government to meets its obligation to workers in the State saying the people ought to know how the bailout fund was disbursed to clear all doubting minds about the judicious use of the loan
In a statement signed by the Director of Publicity and Strategy, Comrade Kunle Omotayo the CNPP also asked the governor to make open how much his administration has generated within one year with the latest new tax policy in the State.
It admonished the governor not to embark on any new projects for now in view of the poor financial situation the State has found itself saying Fayose should concentrate his efforts at completing ongoing projects started by his predecessors
The conference frowned at the shoddy preparations for the Local Government Election coming up in December by the State Independent Electoral Commission saying the commission should ensure that it left no one in doubt as to its preparedness to conduct a free and fair election