The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukthar, accusing the Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, of planning to abort the inauguration of Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose slated for October 16, 2014.
The party, in the petition titled “Another Judicial Coup Plotted to Avert the Swearing-in of the Governor-elect of Ekiti State” and signed by the state Secretary, Dr. Tope Aluko, and Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, the party said its findings have shown that the state judiciary was complicit in alleged plans by Justice Daramola and Governor Kayode Fayemi to ensure suits challenging the eligibility of Fayose to contest the June 21 governorship election in the state get accelerated hearing.
“My Lord, on 28th September, 2014, the governor-elect of Ekiti State personally wrote a letter to you, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, raising fears about the attempts of the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to frustrate the swearing-in of the governor-elect of Ekiti State produced by our party.
“This was done in view of Section 185 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which empowers only the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to swear in the governor-elect as the new governor of the state, as Ekiti State presently has no Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal or President of the Customary Court of Appeal that can perform similar functions, in the event the chief judge declines to do so.
“To our knowledge, My Lord is yet to react to that letter. Meanwhile, we are authoritatively informed of another desperate move to obtain a ‘black market injunction’ from an Ekiti State High Court restraining the chief judge from swearing in the governor-elect on 16th October, 2014.
“Our source authoritatively informed us that the E-11 case in suits Nos HAD/51/2014 and HAD/52/2014 are to be given accelerated hearing between Wednesday 8/10/14 and Friday 10/10/14, or thereabout, in a way that a ‘black market injunction’ will be secured to restrain the chief judge from swearing in the governor-elect, after the court might have been re-opened following the NJC directive.
“The outgoing governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Ayo Daramola, have finalised arrangement to actualise this diabolical plan,” the state PDP alleged.
The party therefore called on the CJN to expedite action in stopping the alleged judicial coup from being carried out and ensure due process is followed.
“These two cases or any other case that may be concocted are not time bound, or perishable items that injunctions would be necessary to preserve ex-parte or otherwise before the swearing-in of the governor-elect on 16th October, 2014.
“There is no doubt that this dangerous game if allowed to germinate into fruition will cause a constitutional crisis, and indeed, anarchy in the already volatile state. We are most grateful My Lord,” the PDP stated.