- TheTick Times Wednesday Jan 04, 2017
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has signaled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to maneuver the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and tamper with the demand of the people of Ekiti to depose him from office.
Mr. Fayose said the plan is aimed at reducing the opposing force led by him since the beginning of Buhari’s administration.
He made known that the agenda is to reverse the election he won some 30 months ago, which was also upheld by the country’s apex court and the tribunal.
Fayose sent a signal letter to Justice Onnoghen, saying some APC party chieftains are behind the moves.
“certain APC chieftains were again making subterranean moves to manipulate and compromise a section of the Judiciary, particularly some judges, to get through the back door what they failed severally to achieve through the ballot box as well as in open court, even in matters already decided by the Supreme Court.”
“At a recent meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, at which several stalwarts and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress were in attendance, two former governors of the State and members of the APC, namely Engr. Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, now a Federal Minister, boasted that there is no going back on the latest plans to subvert the will of the people of Ekiti freely given; wrest the governance of Ekiti from me at all costs before the expiration of my tenure in October 2018 through orchestrated but dubious legal process; and thereby render nugatory the sacred mandate of the people given unto me openly and unequivocally when I won in all the 16 local governments of the state while the then incumbent Governor, Kayode Fayemi recorded zero.”
Fingering the hands of the Presidency in the latest plot, with Oni and Fayemi as their local arrowheads, Governor Fayose alleged that a concocted new suit is being rehashed and to be filed against him on the same old allegation that has been trashed all the way from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court.
He alleged that; “this time, the plotters of this judicial coup-de-tat plan to procure the services of a compromised or malleable judge to get self-serving ‘jankara’ and kangaroo judgment with the intention of having the Supreme Court reverse itself on the June 2014 Ekiti election.
“Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi boastfully claimed that they had enlisted the assurances of Justice Okon Abang and one or two other judges in the concocted fresh suit, hinged on the report of a useless, senseless, and orchestrated Military report not known to the Electoral law.”
Governor Fayose pleaded that the CJN take “notice of judicial pronouncements by courts of concurrent jurisdiction as well as the scathing remarks of appellate courts on how the said Justice Okon Abang has been used in the past by anti-democratic forces to endanger democracy and engage in deleterious miscarriage of justice”, Fayose prayed that the Judiciary would not succumb to devious plots to undermine its independence and integrity and rubbish its good name and hard-earned reputation anymore.
“My Lord, you have a duty to ensure that no Judge under your watch is enlisted into this diabolical act by any rampaging anti-democratic elements.
“The embarrassing incidents currently playing out on our National Judicial horizon, with several judicial officers, including serving Justices of the Supreme Court, enmeshed in simulated and orchestrated corruption scandals and indictments by agencies of the Federal Government because they had refused, at one time or the other, to serve the base interests of the ruling APC government in matters pending before their Lordships, have kept us wondering whether the Judiciary will succumb to these unwarranted harassments and intimidation meant to coerce and cower it into submission and make this very important and indispensable Third Estate of the Realm subservient to the arbitrary wishes, whims, and caprices of the Executive and political desperados,” he said.
Fayose said he would continue to believe in the Judiciary going by the open declaration of the CJN to defend the Independence of the Judiciary; maintain its integrity and deliver a virile and disciplined Judiciary that is impartial, independent, non-partisan, and not subservient to the selfish interests of any individual, group or cabal, however powerful or influential they may be.
Governor Fayose then restated his belief in the Judiciary headed by Justice Onnoghen advising that he stand in defense of good governance and democracy.