Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Mr Adebayo Ojo, has described as a gross abuse of power and oath of office of the president the recent state pardon granted a former governor of Baylesa State, Diepreye Alamieyesiegha, and a host of others by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ojo stated this at a special court session held in honour of a departed patron of the Ibadan branch of the Nigerian Bar Associaition (NBA), the late Chief Obiyera Odunlade, who died recently. According to him, “while I cannot fault the power of the president of this country in consultation with the council of states to grant pardon to convicts as enshrined in our constitution, however, the pardonable pardon of DSP Alamieyesiegha, the impeached former governor of Bayelsa State, was an abuse of power and oath of office of the president. The president pandered to the ethnic bias and sentiments when he was expected to act as the father of the nation.
The commissioner further stated that “in recent times, only political repressed convicts and victims of politically trumped-up sentencing are beneficiaries of state pardon and not convicts of economic crimes and corruption-related offences,” adding that if the likes of Dr Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe had any shred of honour left in them, then “they should apologize to Nigerians and save the president and the nation further international embarrassment.”