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PDP rejects inclusion of ‘Tinubu’s judge’ in Osun election Court of Appeal sitting

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu

The National Working Committee, NWC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has petitioned the President of the Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, asking for the removal of Justice Joseph Oyewole, a Court of Appeal Justice, perceived to be loyal to National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu as a member of the Osun State Governorship Election Appeal Tribunal.

The PDP made its stand when National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan briefed newsmen on Tuesday.

The PDP spokesman said Oyewole is an indigene of Osun State and had served as a High Court Judge of Lagos State in the administration of Tinubu, while he was the governor of Lagos State.

According to Ologbondiyan, the NWC’s position is predicated on the belief that Oyewole has strong connections with the All Progressives Congress, which is an interested party in the appeal.

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“Our grounds of objection against Justice Oyewole’s membership of the appeal panel are as follow: Oyewole is an indigene of Osun State and he had served as a High Court Judge of Lagos State and had thus served under the administration of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu (the National Leader of the APC) while he (Tinubu) was the governor of Lagos State.

“When the seat of the Chief Judge of Osun State became vacant some years back upon the retirement of Hon. Justice G.O. Ojo, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu insisted on having his anointed candidate, Oyewole, on the Judiciary of Osun State at all costs.

“It will be recalled that it took the courageous intervention of the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Murktar, to prevail that the most senior judge in Osun State judiciary should be so appointed.”

“The PDP therefore demands that the President of the Court of Appeal immediately replace Oyewole with another justice of the Court of Appeal, without any affiliation with Osun State, out of the over 90 eminent Justices of the Court of Appeal.“Our party and candidate hold that justice must not only be done, but also manifestly seen to be done in this matter,” he said.

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The Court of Appeal is expected to hear of the appeal filed by the Governor of Osun State, and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gboyega Oyetola against the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal which declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the governorship election in the state has been fixed for Wednesday, April 24.

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