By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The South West Youth Alliance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday asked the Nigeria Judicial Commission (NJC) to disregard a petition seeking reassignment of the on going legal tussle between the embattled Chairman of Osun State PDP Chairman, Honourable Olasoji Adagunodo and the party’s NEC over his removal from office.
South West PDP Youth Alliance, Osun state chapter in a statement by its leaders Comrades Adegoke Abiodun, Oladapo Babatunde and Basorun Adekanola Abiodun stated that the said petition to the NJC was a tactical way of delaying justice in the suit.
According to the group, should the petition to the NJC be allowed to stay, it means the Chief Judge of Osun state should again for the third time be reassigning the case to another judge despite fixing judgement on the suit for July 29, this year, saying, “more so, the case has been heard, judgement is being awaited. And, delivery of judgements has time – bar, under the Constitution”.
” We compassionately plead that the judgement should be delivered as scheduled. Whoever is not satisfied can go on Appeal. The Judiciary should not be blackmailed or intimidated to pander to the wish of a particular party”, it said.
The group noted, ” we hereby call on the NJC to dis-countenance their ill-conceived petition calling for reassignment of the case and as well call on every concerned stakeholder in our Party and the State to check the excesses of those who are apparently living in false hopes that laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”
South West PDP Youth Alliance stressed that the latest petition ” to the NJC against the current judge requesting the NJC to direct the CJ of Osun State to retrieve the case file and reassign it to another judge reeks of good reasoning and constitutes an abuse of the judiciary and if not checked, will weaken the judiciary institution in the state. We hold, therefore, that this development is not in the best interest of Osun and its people.”
” We strongly believe that the recent petition to the NJC amounts to arrest of judgment. It suffice to state that the defendants had filed a Motion on Notice for stay of proceedings and a Notice of Appeal in which their amongst other reliefs were also asking the Court of Appeal to direct the CJ of Osun State to retrieve the case file and transfer same to another judge”.
It added, ” now, time has started to run for judgement to be delivered. Importantly, aside the fact that the CJ, having acceded to their previous recusal request and given the fact that they are estopped from seeking transfer to a third judge, if the case is transferred for the third time, will the case start de novo for the third time? Would the litigating public not perceive Osun State Judiciary under the highly respected Honourable Chief Judge of Osun State with negative opinion? This is a threat to the image of Osun State Judiciary.
” More so, the case has been heard, judgement is being awaited. And, delivery of judgements has time – bar, under the Constitution. We compassionately plead that the Judgement should be delivered as scheduled. Whoever is not satisfied can go on Appeal. The Judiciary should not be blackmailed or intimidated to pander to the wish of a particular party.