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Fayose asks NJC to sack Justice Abang

By Muyiwa Adeyemi (Head, South West Bureau, Ado Ekiti)
24 November 2016   |   4:50 am
The Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described Federal High Court judge Okon Abang as “a disgrace to the judiciary,” calling on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to sack him.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described Federal High Court judge Okon Abang as “a disgrace to the judiciary,” calling on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to sack him.

Fayose was reacting to the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified Abang’s October 14, 2016 ruling and declared it a fraud.

He said: “It is obvious that Justice Abang is representing the dirty interests of some cabals who are protecting him, despite the incalculable damages he has done to the judiciary.”

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by the governor’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “In the face of these indictments by the appellate court, the NJC must wade in and save the judiciary from Abang.”

He said a judge who gives fraudulent judgments is even more dangerous than armed robbers, adding: “Those running after judges for alleged corruption and excluding a judge like Abang may not be far from being the beneficiaries of his (Abang) fraudulent judgments.”

The governor said: “A judge like Abang is a cankerworm that can destroy the country, if not removed totally before he does further damage to the polity.”

Governor Fayose noted: “Today, again, three justices of the Appeal Court descended on Justice Abang, describing his judgments imposing Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ondo State and the one affirming Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff as the PDP national chairman as fraudulent.

“It should be recalled that in June, a five-member panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Morenike Ogunwumiju, said Abang “raped democracy” when he annulled the election of Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah without evidence of forgery against Ikpeazu.”