The Peoples Democratic Party has warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola to desist from the alleged plan to sack Justice Folahanmi Oloyede.
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Bola Ajao, gave this warning in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday.
Oloyede, a serving judge in Osun State Judiciary last week petitioned the House of Assembly asking the lawmakers to impeach the governor based on alleged financial recklessnes and his inability to pay civil servants for seven months.
Reacting to the call from the All Progressives Congress that the judge should resign because she was conniving with the PDP to destroy Aregbesola’s administration, the opposition party accused the governor of planning to initiate the sacking of Oloyede.
But the PDP said such move could trigger chaos in the state, while warning the governor to drop the plan.
The statement read, ” This is an invitation to chaos because Governor Aregbesola cannot turn himself into a bully that can’t be questioned or examined. He should not hunt the petitioner down if he has nothing to fear. At least, he says he is a progressive governor who should be above board. “All men and women of goodwill all over the world should applaud Justice Oloyede. She doesn’t deserve recrimination for speaking out what is evident to everyone except Aregbesola and his praise-singers who will ultimately destroy this fading administration and the clueless governor.
“It is gratifying that the entire public service in the state is solidly behind her. We implore the governor not to use his hands to set the state on fire. Moving against Justice Oloyede, the face of probity, accountability, justice, fairness and uprightness in public service, will spell doom for this failed administration.”
The opposition party called on Nigerians to “talk Aregbesola out of this suicide mission” and one out to defend the allegations of corruption leveled against him by the judge.
Ajao further stated that the the PDP had discovered an alleged plan with some members of the House of Assembly to summon the judge with the aim of ridiculing her with embarrassing questions.
“After the planned embarrassing appearance at the Assembly, a certain lawyer who Aregbesola’s administration has hired for the hatchet job, will now write a petition to the leadership of the Osun State judiciary, asking it to declare Justice Oloyede unfit for the Bench for being mentally-unstable.
“The judiciary will in turn write the National Judicial Council which is expected to remove her as a judge since the Constitution says anyone that is of unsound mind can’t be a judge or remain on the Bench,” it added.