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PDP petitions Ekiti CJ over Fayose’s case

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State has formally petitioned the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, over the re-assigning of the controversial case between the state governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose and a group, the E-11, to the same judge, Justice Segun Ogunyemi.

According to the petition signed by the state Chairman of the party, Chief Idowu Faleye, in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, and addressed to Justice Daramola, the PDP alleged the likelihood of bias against the judge.

In the petition,the party noted that going by manner in which the matter was previously he governor, Mr Ayo Fayose and the party, who incidentally are the defendants in the suit may not likely get justice.

The petition reads in part, “We are surprised, however, to be informed that the same judge, Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi had resumed sitting over the same case he had voluntarily withdrawn from.

“When we probed why the same judge, whose action caused unmitigated crisis in the state prior to the swearing in of the new governor of the state and a party in the case, we were informed that the National Judicial Commission, NJC, directed him to resume sitting over the case.

“However, our investigation at the NJC proved to the contrary. Our source at the NJC asked a rhetorical question of when the NJC has become the assigning judge of cases pending before a state high court.”

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