Members of the dissolved Osun State Judicial Service Commission on Tuesday alleged that the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, sacked their commission to pave the way for the removal of the Chief Judge, Justice Adepele Ojo.
In a statement signed by Messrs Rotimi Makinde and Tomi Olagbaju on behalf of the other members of the commission, they described the dissolution before the end of their five-year tenure as an act of “executive recklessness which should not be enlivened for the sake of common sense, decency, orderliness and our fledging democracy.”
They claimed that their commission’s dissolution was politically motivated and had a connection with the move to oust Ojo.
The statement partly read, “When the state government could not find the CJ pliable to execute their devious plan and consequently could not find anything incriminating against the CJ, since all approvals from her office to our commission went through due process of law, the governor believed the best strategy to adopt is to disband us and bring in ductile characters, even when our tenure remains four years.
Adeleke had since his inauguration stopped the salaries of all the statutory boards and appealed to the National Judicial Council to pay adequate attention to the management of the judiciary in Osun.
They also appealed to security operatives to hold Adeleke responsible should anything untoward happen to them or any member of their family.
Chairmen and members of the statutory commissions, namely Osun State Judicial Service Commission; Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, Osun State Civil Service Commission and Osun State House of Assembly Service Commission, dissolved on October 30, 2023, had challenged their dissolution at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Ibadan, Oyo State, urging among other reliefs, the court to nullify the dissolution and direct the Osun State government to stop giving further effect to the purported constitution of the new commissions.
When contacted for a response, the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, refrained from commenting.
He simply said, “Since they have approached the court, they should wait for the outcome of the case.”