Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose yesterday swore in the man who headed his impeachment panel in 2006, Justice Bamidele Omotoso as judge in the state, to the surprise of many.
Omotoso, who is an Ado Ekiti based legal practitioner had been cleared by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to be made a judge in the state, but the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi failed to swear him in. Fayose has however gone against the advice of some of his supporters to swear him in as judge in the state.
“Few days after my inauguration, some people came to me and reminded me of the role played by Omotoso during my impeachment saga. They said I should not swear him in as a judge of the state High Court.
“I am not here to revenge, vengeance belongs to God,” Fayose said at the official swearing in ceremony of Justice Omotoso.
The governor noted that the inauguration of Omotosho as a judge, two years after he was cleared for the post by the NJC, was a demonstration of a forgiving spirit.
Fayose also announced the promotion of an official of the state Ministry of Justice, Mr Lawrence Ojo who signed his warrant of arrest papers at Ikoyi Prisons during his murder case to position of Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.
Present at the ceremony were the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, who Fayose declared readiness to work with for the good of the state.
“I plead with the other two arms of government (legislative and judiciary), that Ekiti should come first. You may not like my face and I may not like yours, but Ekiti should be number one.”
“I am ready to work with the Assembly. I am a man of uncommon history, coming back to office after eight years is divine. I have a stern warning from God; ‘do not avenge’.
“There is nothing personal I have against the judiciary.
“People would want to be where you are and life is about struggles. We need more judges and we will help in making them comfortable in the discharge of their duties.
“There is need for fair hearing. I want the other arms of government to give my administration a fair hearing and the chance to perform,” he said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presently holds majority seat at the State House of Assembly.