Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday appealed to the National Judicial Commission, NJC, to revisit all the cases presided over by the retired judge of the Lagos High Court, Justice Charles Archibong, in the last few years.With specific reference to the more than 35 court injunctions granted a faction of the party that has further polarised the the party in the state, the state PDP urged the NJC to, in the spirit of fairness and true justice, revisit pronouncements by the retired judge as it affects the party.
A statement issued and signed by the deposed Secretary of a faction of the party, Dapo Adeyemi, copies of which were made available to journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, the party said carrying out such exercise by NJC would be a sure way of correcting “all anomalies in the rulings delivered by the controversial judge.”
The Ogun State PDP in the statement emphasised that compulsory retirement of Justice Archibong as well as the assertion of the NJC, clearly pointed to the degree by which the retired judge abused court processes, stressing that he was not in touch with the requirements of the law.
“We want to recommend that all the cases handled by Justice Archibong in the last few years be revisited to correct all anomalies in the rulings delivered,” the statement said.
In a related development, the state PDP Youths Forum yesterday called for the immediate removal of the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
The forum, under the auspices of Ogun PDP Youths Forum, OPYF, based its call for the removal of the national chairman on the compulsory retirement of Justice Charles Archibong, whose injunctions were relied upon to sack the Senator Dipo Odujinrin-led State Executive Committee, SEC, of the party in the state.
The forum, which described the Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, as “grossly incompetent and incapable of giving the PDP the desired leadership,” said Tukur had further polarised the party in the state with his divisive tendencies.
A press statement issued in Abeokuta yesterday and signed by its leaders, Hon. Farouk Akintunde, (Ogun Central Senatorial District); Erelu Mojisola Salami, (Ogun East Senatorial District) and Alhaji Musa Akinlolu (Ogun West Senatorial District); the forum said Tukur was “fanning the embers of discord within the PDP across the country, particularly in the South-West zone of the party.
“Since Justice Charles Archibong, the judge, who gave the controversial judgements purportedly relied on by the NWC to dissolve the South-West zonal executives, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Chief Bode Mustapha, and the Senator Dipo Odujinrin-led Ogun State executives has been sacked by the President, it is therefore expedient to sack the party chairman who relied on the same judgement for which Archibong was sacked to bring our party into legal embarrassment and international disrepute.”
The forum noted that four out of the six reasons which made NJC to recommend the compulsory retirement of Justice Archibong arose from petitions filed by the PDP, Hon. Bode Mustapha, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as well as other stakeholders who were directly affected by the judge’s controversial rulings.