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Monday, 28 November 2016

'Justice Abang after me because I called for his sack,' Gov Fayose alleges

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja moved against him for asking the National Judicial Council to sack him.

Fayose alleged that the judge granted an interlocutory order against him in a matter pending before another judge because he called for his sack.

The Governor had called for Justice Abang's sack following his ruling of October 14, which conferred recognition on Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded Ondo governorship election.

However, the Court of Appeal, which on November 23 set aside the ruling, had slammed Abang for ruling in favour of Ibrahim.

Speaking on Monday, November 28, through Lere Olayinka, his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Fayose insisted that the NJC should sack Abang.

He said he is not surprised that the judge "opted to get at me through strange and obnoxious proceedings."
Fayose added: "If Justice Abang is an honourable person, he would have declined to handle the matter, let alone granting an indefinite order less than 48 hours that I called for his sack.

"However, because Justice Abang is not honourable, those desperately looking for means to get at me and are ready to enlist the support of anyone that is amenable, including the Satan, rushed to him last Friday and secured an exparte order with interlocutory nature the same day the application was filed.

"How could a judge have granted order on a matter that is before another court of coordinate jurisdiction and such an order will be granted the same day?

"It is on record that justices of the Appeal Court described Justice Abang judgments as fraudulent and that he raped democracy. They went further to say that he (Abang) embarked on a wild goose chase; spoke from both sides of his mouth and acted like Father Christmas. In saner climes, what he should do is to resign because that is a clear indictment on his personality and character.

"Therefore, I insist that the NJC should wade into Justice Abang’s fraudulent judgments with a view to showing him the way out of the bench so that our judiciary can redeem its image."
He stressed that if Abang is allowed to continue as a judge, it would be dangerous and cancerous for the judiciary and the country at large.


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