The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday raised the alarm over a plan by a faction of the party to approach the courts again to seek an injunction to stop its governorship candidate, Chief Olusola Oke.
A statement by the Director of Publicity of the party, Mr. Ayodele Fadaka, said the need to alert the public became necessary in view of the fact that similar incidents had happened in the past.
Fadaka alleged that rather than administer justice on the merits of cases, the Ondo Judiciary had in most cases subjected issues to political considerations to arrive at verdicts.
The statement read in part, “It got so bad that we had once raised an alarm in the media that a particular matter would be filled and that the Chief Judge will give a ruling against our party and truly, the matter was filled days later and the Chief Judge did grant a ruling as we predicted.
“We then reported to the National Judicial Council and he is still under investigation for misconduct.
“It must be clearly emphasised that the issue of frivolous injunctions and ex-parte motions is a judicial ambush and it runs contrary to Rule 2, Sub Rule A2 of The Code of Conduct of Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The rule compels ‘a judicial officer to avoid the abuse of the power of issuing injunctions, ex-parte’ and there are numerous superior judgments that frowns seriously on this attitude.
“We equally want to bring to the notice of our Judges and even the general populace the fact that the Electoral Act, Section 87(9) precludes just anybody to institute any action against the process of picking a party’s candidate.
“In view of the foregoing we are asking the Chief Judge of the Federation to pay more than a cursory attention to the recent actions of the Judiciary in Ondo State.”
Meanwhile, a former governorship aspirant of the Action Congress of Nigeria, in Ondo State, Dr. Olu Agunloye, on Saturday said the people of the state would take their destiny in their hands instead of relying on godfathers outside the state to control their affairs.
Agunloye stated this in Idanre town when top politicians who were members of his Omoluabi Platform formally defected to the Labour Party.
He said, “Ondo people want a government that will take care of the masses and not one that will use the state’s resources to develop other states.”
But the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr. Aremu Adeniran, said his findings revealed that the suspects were arrested and charged for criminal cases.