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  • Updated: November 28, 2023

Adeleke insists on Justice Oyebola Ojo as state CJ

Adeleke insists on Justice Oyebola Ojo as state CJ

Osun state Governor, Ademola Adeleke, Monday insisted on Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo as the Chief Judge of the state.

Adeleke made this clarification as he fielded questions from journalists during apress briefing to mark one-year in office of Governor Ademola Adeleke at the Osun State Govermment Secretariat, Abere.

Represented by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, Adeleke who maintained that there was no controversy attached to the position of the state government instead that it has stated that Justice Adepele Ojo is the substantive Chief Judge of the state.

Based on the resolution of the Osun State House of Assembly, the state governor was asked to sack Justice Oyebola Ojo and swear-in an acting Chief Judge, Justice David Olayinka Afolabi.

In the aftermath of the development, interests groups, individuals and civil society organisations kicked against the action of the legislative and executive arms of government describing it as a coup and interference into the judicial arm of government.

They called on the state government to follow due process in relation to the matter and forward a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC.

Adeleke while revealing the stand of government stated that the NJC has been informed through a letter adding that the state government was awaiting the reply of the NJC on the matter.

"The governor has sent a letter to Abuja. It was a Friday. It was not an after thought and not on a Monday.

"The issue now is this, the governor has sent a letter to Abuja, to NJC and despite the fact that we have repeated several times, people will still continue to talk about it.

"As per the state of the judiciary, as long as no other judge has taken the oath, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo still remains the Chief Judge.

"That has not been controversial, we have said it several times.

"The government has sent a letter to NJC in Abuja and we are awaiting their response and we acknowledge the fact that JUSUN is currently on strike in Osun."

While debunking insinuations that the state government was behind the protest by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Osun State Council, the governor stated that the protest proved government right that something was actually wrong with the state's judiciary.

"On the issue of JUSUN, it is also a body. People should look at their protest viz a viz their relationship with the CJ.

"The first time, I heard about the JUSUN 0rotest, I was in a radio studio and I heard that they were protesting in favour of the CJ but later on it was clarified they the JUSUN protest was against the CJ.

"For JUSUN to protest, it is enough for the people to know that something is actually happening there."

He also reiterated his commitment to good governance and more democratic dividends in the state for economic growth and development as he marks one year in Office.  

He added that his administration have been actively creating conducive environment for thriving businesses and also revitalisation of key sectors. 

"The state have develop a bill to domesticate the Nigeria Startup Act and also launch programmes to deepen internet penetration through broadband fiber optic projects."

He stated that works are ongoing in sectors as major revenue sources for the growth and development of the state. 

"We reposition the tourism sector into a tourism and cultural industry.In the mining sector, we are recording an increase in revenue generation."

The governor said accumulated service charges on mining licences have been cleared and at the tail end of upgrading its exploration leases to mining leases. 

" This will bring more investors."

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