The Ondo State Government has stated that it did not involve in the suit filed by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu at the Federal Hight Court Abuja..
The Abuja Court on Thursday, restrained the state government from investigating Justice Akeredolu over a viral video made by a man, Olupelumi Fagboyegun.
In a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, the government described the CJ’s suit as an ego trip and needless.
The statement read, “The Ondo State Government, from the commencement of the said suit in question, did not consider it worthy of any legal efforts. It was vainly an ego pursuit as far as Government was concerned. In unambiguous terms, the suit was an unnecessary distraction for which no legal representation was made neither on behalf of the Attorney General nor the Government for the period it sufficed.
“The reasons behind the needless efforts to drag in the Executive Arm of the State Government, particularly Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN into the matter are well noted.
“It must be stated however, that, Governor Akeredolu is not only a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria; he is indeed a Life Bencher who had served as a member of the National Judicial Council . He is, therefore, better informed with the procedural processes relating to the removal of a serving Chief Judge of a State hence his directive that the State Government should not participate in the hearing of the needless suit filed by the Chief Judge.
“Simply put, the Executive Arm of the Ondo State Government led by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN at no time had interest whatsoever in cutting short the tenure of the State CJ. If at all, the state government can only wish the CJ God’s infinite grace till August so as to accord her a deserving retirement honour as a jurist.”