*Asks CJN to sanction Justice Akintola
By Debo Adeoye, Ibadan
Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has petitioned the chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, over the perceived refusal of Justice Diran Akintola to hear an ex parte application filed his (Ladoja’s) lawyer on the Olubadan chieftaincy law review crisis.
Chief Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland and another member of the Olubadan-in-Council, filed suit number M/317/2017 against the constitution of a judicial commission of enquiry by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to, among other things, review the process for the emergence of the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
The suit, an originating summons along with the ex parte application, was filed on the 26th May, one week after the panel headed by Justice Akintunde Boade was inaugurated and asked to submit its report within four weeks.
In the acknowledgment copy of the petition bearing the stamp of the office of the CJN made available to www.gongnews.net late on Sunday, Ladoja, alleged that the judge had been compromised, said “the only way to regain public trust in the Judiciary is for disciplinary action to be taken against Justice Akintola.”
“The ex parte application came up for hearing on 2nd of June, four days after the event we were seeking to restrain. Surprisingly, Justice Akintola refused to hear the application, but rather directed our solicitor to serve the ex parte application on the governor and Justice Boade (retd).
“He thereafter adjourned the motion to 6th of June, a day after the commission would have started sitting.
“On the 6th of June, Justice Akintola still did not hear the said ex parte application. He also refused our counsel’s application to grant an interim order that status quo be maintained pending the hearing of the said application.
“To worsen the situation, and to show the said Judge was not working according to the oath of his office and that he has been compromised, he adjourned the motion to 23rd June.
“My Lord, four weeks from 19th May ends on the 16th June. In essence, the said Judge gave the commission all the time it needed to finish its assignment in order to defeat the outcome of our case.
“This is a great injustice and a bad reflection of the Judiciary. The only way to regain the public trust in the judiciary is for disciplinary action to be taken against Justice Akintola and a recuse direction to him from the case,” Ladoja said in the 10-paragraph petition signed by him”.
www.gongnews.net gathered that the Osi Olubadan had petitioned the state Chief Judge, Justice Muktar Abimbola, asking for the withdrawal of the matter from Justice Akintola, whom he accused of being out to frustrate the case.