Osun lawmakers reject Aregbesola’s candidate for Chief Judge

Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State

Lawmakers in Osun State reject the governor’s nominee for the post of Chief Judge of the State.

Osun State House of Assembly on Wednesday rejected Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s nominee for the post of Chief Judge of the State.

The lawmakers attributed their rejection of Justice Adepele Ojo’s nomination to the House rule and constitutional provision that bars the parliament from acting on a matter pending in court.

During the deliberation on the matter, the Deputy Speaker, Adegboye Akintunde, said there was a pending case involving the nominee in court.

He said Sunday Ajewole, a former member of the state Judicial Service Commission, instituted a case against other members of the commission to which the nominee belonged.

According to him, order 38 Sub-section 5 of the Standing Order and Rules of the Osun Assembly states that “reference shall not be made on any matter on which a judicial decision is pending”.

The House Leader, Timothy Owoeye, also told his colleagues that the nominee was not the most senior judge in the state’s judicial system.

Mr. Owoeye urged the assembly to reject the nominee based on the two reasons and subsequently moved a motion for her rejection.

The motion was seconded by Oladoyin Bamisayemi.

In a counter motion, Johnson Ojo, seconded by Kamorudeen Akanbi, called for the confirmation of the nominee.

However, the assembly overwhelmingly resolved to reject the nomination.

The Speaker, Najeem Salaam, urged the governor to fill the vacant post in acting capacity till all matters relating to the post were resolved.

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