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EMGG Calls for Sanction of Justice Ogunyemi over Controversial Handling of Ekiti Suits

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EMGG Calls for Sanction of Justice Ogunyemi over Controversial Handling of Ekiti Suits
The Ekiti Movement for Good Governance (EMGG) has demanded the sanctioning of Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for his controversial handling of the suits relating to the Ekiti governorship election. The group alleges corruption on the part of Justice Ogunyemi and calls for intervention from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar.

The Ekiti Movement for Good Governance (EMGG) has called for the sanctioning of Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi by the National Judicial Council (NJC), citing his controversial handling of the suits filed on behalf of the Ekiti-11 and the Citizen Political Party. The group accuses Justice Ogunyemi of corruption and questions the urgency with which he concluded the hearing in these cases.

EMGG highlights the fact that the suits were aimed at preventing Governor-Elect Ayodele Fayose from contesting the June 21, 2014 election, even though he had already participated and emerged victorious. The group questions why Justice Ogunyemi proceeded with the cases when their intended purpose had become redundant.

According to Dr Abiodun Aina, the Secretary of EMGG, Justice Ogunyemi must be held accountable for his actions and the alleged underhand deals he is involved in. The group claims that the judge owns numerous properties in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, and questions how he could afford such acquisitions without engaging in corrupt practices.

EMGG further accuses Justice Ogunyemi of accepting bribes totaling over N70 million from the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in Ekiti State. They argue that the judge's eagerness to deliver a favorable ruling aligns with his promises to those who allegedly paid him to manipulate the judicial process in their favor.

The group condemns Justice Ogunyemi's alleged plot to declare Fayose unqualified to contest the 2014 governorship election, causing chaos by installing the Speaker of the State House of Assembly as the Acting Governor. They believe this move would have effectively stifled any chance for appeal, thus serving the APC's objective of destabilizing Ekiti State.

EMGG appeals to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, to intervene and prevent Ekiti State from descending into chaos. They assert that the mandate given to Fayose by the people of Ekiti should be upheld, stressing that any attempt to overturn it will be met with resistance and could potentially lead to widespread unrest.

The allegations made by EMGG against Justice Ogunyemi are grave and demand a thorough investigation by the National Judicial Council. The integrity of the judiciary is essential to upholding justice and ensuring the fairness of electoral processes. If these accusations prove to be true, swift and decisive action must be taken to restore public trust in the judiciary and prevent further erosion of democratic values.

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