Friday, April 18, 2014

Ogun PDP wants NJC to revisit previous rulings by sacked judge, Archibong

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Mr. Archibong, a former Nigerian judge, was compulsorily retired for unethical conduct.

The ‘illegal’ faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State on Wednesday called on the National Judicial Commission, NJC, to revisit all the cases handled by the compulsorily-retired Justice Charles Archibong in the last few years.

The party in a press statement signed by its secretary, Dapo Adeyemi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta said this became necessary as a way to correct all anomalies in the rulings delivered by the controversial judge.

The statement emphasised that, with the sack of Mr. Archibong and assertion of the National Judicial Commission, NJC, it clearly showed that the judge has no full grasp of the law and procedures of the court.

Mr. Archibong and another judge, Thomas Naron, were sacked after they were found guilty of unethical conduct in their activities.

“We want to recommend that all the cases handled by Justice Archibong in the last few years be revisited to correct all anomalies in the rulings delivered’ the statement emphasised,” the PDP faction, loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, declared.

Mr. Adeyemi’s faction of the Ogun PDP was declared illegal by the court and the National Working Committee of the party.

In the statement, Mr. Adeyemi also commended President Goodluck Jonathan on the prompt action taken on the NJC recommendation in the sack of the judge.

“The president’s action should serve as a signal to other corrupt judges who give controversial orders and rulings which defy all legal reasoning,” the statement added.

Similarly, the faction stated that it welcomed the interest shown by the PDP Governors Forum in setting up a committee to evaluate the situation of the party in the South-West, and gave assurance of its readiness to cooperate with the forum and expose the “shenanigans” going on in the Ogun State chapter of the party; which led to the unpopular decision of the National Working Committee.

“We, however, need to advise the committee to be mindful of the South-West leaders they would interact with. No doubt, our people in the South-West, particularly in Ogun State know their genuine, loyal, committed and patriotic leaders,” the statement said.

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