A coalition of civil society groups in Osun state has petitioned the National Judicial Council, demanding for an investigation of Justice Oloyede Folahanmi over her demand for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Justice Folahanmi had sent a 36 pages petition to the Osun state House of Assembly, accusing Aregbesola of mismanagement of the state’s resources, and called on the lawmakers to impeach him.
In a four-page letter sent to the Secretary of the NJC on Tuesday, the Osun Civil Societies Coalition (OCSC) said that Justice Folahanmi’s action was strange and unexpected of a judicial officer who knows the nitty-gritty of the law.
Also, the OCSC called on the Osun State House of Assembly to thoroughly investigate all the allegations raised by Justice Folahanmi in her petition, just as it urged the house not to hesitate to impeach Aregbesola if truly he had committed any impeachable offence as alleged.
The coalition said: “Inasmuch as we are not in support of corruption, we call on the Osun lawmakers to be fair and transparent in investigating the petition and we demand that appropriate action should be taken on Governor Aregbesola if he commits impeachable offence as alleged.”
A copy of the petition made available to Our Correspondent reads: “A subterranean look at the contents of the petition shows that the petitioner who is a serving judicial officer failed to conduct herself in such a manner to preserve the dignity of her office and the impartiality and independent of the judiciary.
“The petition contained statements calculated to incite the residents of the state against the state government and its elected officers. More bewildering are the words and language used by the petitioner” and the brazen manner she caused the petition to be circulated to the public.
The OCSC petition signed by Comrade Waheed Lawal and Bello Adebayo, Chairman and General Secretary respectively, said: “It behoves on us to say that the words and language in the petition are unbecoming, maladroit and ungainly for the high standard of conduct expected of any judicial officer in this country.“