The Osun State House of Assembly has dismissed the petition of Justice Folahanmi Oloyede against Governor Rauf Aregbesola, saying the petitioner betrayed the oath of her office as a judge.
In a vote of 25 against one, during its plenary on Wednesday, the House adopted the recommendations of the investigative committee calling for the dismissal of the petition and sanctions against the petitioner.
The members also accused the petitioner of abandoning the petition by not appearing before the investigative committee.
They held that Justice Oloyede’s petition lacked evidence and was premised on rumours and hearsay.
The House Speaker, Najeem Salaam, while making his remarks, said Justice Oloyede had betrayed the oath of her office and had “lost her worth as a judge in the temple of justice in Osun State”.
He said she violated the processes and procedure as spelt out by the Constitution and judicial code of conduct through her partisan and emotional disposition on the allegations raised against the government she is serving in and as such was unfit for the bench.
Explaining why he allowed the petition to sail through, in spite of the faulty process of filing, Mr. Salaam said the parliament under his watch, chose to look into to the petition and guarantee Mrs. Oloyede’s freedom of expression in accordance with sections 128 and 129 of the constitution which empowers the legislature to investigate any public petition forwarded to the house.
According to him, the issue of impeachment raised in the petition was a mere opinion of the petitioner and not the position of the law.
“We appreciate the views of the two legal luminaries who ventilated their opinions on the conduct of Justice Oloyede and the move of the parliament to tolerate the petition at all, but having found no precedence for the action of the judge, the parliament under me chose to set up the committee to investigate the content of the petition,” the speaker said.
“We are surprised that the judge lost the courage to come forward to defend the allegations levelled against the duo of the governor and his deputy; suggesting that she is not worth her onion. It shows that if an individual drags the government to her court, the ruling could be pre-empted.”
Justice Oloyede, in her petition, had urged the house to investigate Mr. Aregbesola for misappropriating the state’s resources and plunging it into financial crisis.
She also urged the house to impeach the governor and his deputy for the same reasons.
Mrs. Oloyede however refused to turn up at the investigative hearing, saying she would only do so if she was availed a copy of the governor’s response to her petition.
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