Fayemi’s plot to use Ekiti Chief Judge to stop probe exposed, CJ creates special court for favoured judge
Former Governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi may be having a deal with the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola to prevent his probe by the Judicial Commission of Enquiry recently set up by State government to probe his administration.
Source disclosed that the case filed by Fayemi to challenge the competence of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the State government to probe his administration was a fallout of the understanding he reached in a recent meeting with Justice Daramola.
In the suit number HAD/57/2017, Fayemi is seeking an injunction to restrain the state government and the Judicial Commission of Enquiry from going ahead with the probe.
“Barring any last minute change of plans, the case will be assigned to
either of the two friendly judges already pencilled down.
“One of the judges (name witheld) had a Special Court created for him in the State High Court complex, Ado Ekiti, ostensibly to handle cases in which the Chief Judge has interest.
“It was to enable the particular judge carry out his hatchet jobs for
Justice Daramola that a special court was created for him in Ado Ekiti despite that he is in charge of the Ise-Ekiti High Court,” the source said.
Fayemi was said to have even boasted to some of his political allies on Thursday that the Judicial Commission of Enquiry will not sit, not to talk of carrying out and probe.
Another source also disclosed that the judge was part of the Anambra State National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in 2015 and was also part of the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal, thus making him to be part of two election tribunals within 18 months contrary to the directive of the then Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
The judge’s appointment into the two election tribunals was made possible by the Chief Judge, inspite that there are other senior and more experienced judges in the State.
It should be recalled that in 2012, when Fayemi was the governor of Ekiti State, the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended three persons for appointment as judges in Ekiti state; Fayemi sworn in only this particular judge.