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Stop blackmailing the judiciary, group tells Fayose

 

The South West wing of the Progressive Youth League (PYL) has faulted what it described as the unscrupulous manner Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, is blackmailing the judiciary in its desperate bid to rubbish the immediate past administration in the state led by Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Dr Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, had last week approached an Ado-Ekiti High Court seeking an injunction to restrain the Governor Fayose, the state house of Assembly from going ahead with the probe of his administration pending the determination of two suits arising from the planned probe.

Few days after a flurry of unsubstantiated allegations of compromise was levelled against the chief judge of the state, justice Ayo Daramola and some judges by some faceless groups, believed to have been sponsored by the state government.

The PYL in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, however, accused Governor Fayose of being the mastermind of the various false reports accusing the State Chief Judge, and the brain behind the sponsored protests against the judiciary in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The Zonal Coordinator of the group, Barrister Adeoye Aribasoye, in a statement made available to journalists crude approach of the Fayose-led government to the planned probe of the Fayemi administration, a development he said was taken to a ridiculous level by trying to rubbish the judiciary, through wild allegations and sponsored writings, aimed at blackmailing the Chief Judge of the state and some other judges.

He said the Governor needed not rubbish the integrity of the judiciary simply because a citizen of the country is seeking the interpretation of a section of the constitution.

Barrister Aribasoye stated that the court remains the last hope of the common man, hence any citizens who feels his or rights was being threatened or trampled upon can approach the court to enforcement of his law or an interpretation of the law as it concerned a matter.

Governor Fayose, he said must stop this primitive approach to governance where state machinery is used to destroy individuals and institutions.

He noted that while it is the alienable right of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development to seek the intervention of the court in interpreting the power of the State Assembly to empower the governor to set up a commission of enquiry, with the pendency of two separate cases arising from the probe in courts of competent jurisdiction.

He added that what was expected of a responsible government was to respond to the legal challenge and await the ruling of the court on the matter and not resort to name calling, blackmailing and media trial of both the litigant and the judiciary as a whole.

“We cannot but pause to ask what exactly does Governor Fayose want? You instituted a probe. A citizen has challenged the legality of the probe in the law court and you have passed judgement on the litigant and the judicial process while the case has yet to begin.

“This wanton excesses being displayed daily by the Governor, is unbecoming of a governor elected to serve the people. The principle of separation of power as enshrined in the 1999 constitution is to ensure that none of the three arms of government dominate or bully the other, and only an uncivilized chief executive would go to the ridiculous extent of blackmailing the judiciary with a view to using them against the citizens.

“The PYL condemns Governor Fayose’s fragrant disregard for citizens rights and the independence of the judiciary.

“We call on the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, the PDP Governors Forum and the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party as well as well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Governor to learn to respect and work with other arms of government” the group added.

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