The Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu SAN has said he has no blood relationship with the newly appointed Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olanrewaju Oluwatoyin Akeredolu.
The Governor made this disclosure today at the swearing in of the Acting Chief Judge in Ondo State. Speaking at the ceremony the Governor said “we will not consider any form of discrimination either on ethnic, religion, sex or place of birth when appointing office holders in Ondo State…. I have no blood relations with the acting Chief Judge, Justice O. O. Akeredolu, her appointment is strictly on recommendation of National Judicial Commission as provided for by the constitution, it is a well deserved appointment done on merit and seniority of judges in Ondo State
According to the appointment letter obtained at the weekend by journalists, Justice Akeredolu was appointed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in accordance with section 271 (15) of the 1999 Nigeria constitution as amended. The appointment was also based on the recommendation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC). Her appointment which would elapse in three months takes effect from Saturday 22nd of July till Saturday 21st October 2017.
The female Acting Chief Judge took over from the embattled Justice Temitayo Osoba whose tenure has since expired. The appointment of Justice Akeredolu came after months of legal tussle seeking the removal of Justice Osoba from the position. Osoba took over from the former Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi and was later appointed in acting capacity by the immediate past Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Femi Emmanuel Emodamori, a human rights lawyer based in Akure had been challenging the eligibility of Justice Osoba as the Acting Chief Judge of the State even in the face of alleged forgery in her credentials and academic records. Emodamori who instituted the suit at the Ondo State High Court Akure petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) and also called for her removal from office after the three months period of her tenure expired without any valid renewal.
The human rights lawyer also repeatedly asked the Governor to do the needful by playing according to the constitution in choosing a substantive Chief Judge for the state .He has also advised Governor Akeredolu to reconstitute the State Judicial Commission based in line with practice and recommendation of the National Judicial Commission (NJC).
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