• July 15, 2024

No one can blackmail me for Refusing to Shield Chief Judge from Corruption Probe— Governor Adeleke cries out

 No one can blackmail me for Refusing to Shield Chief Judge from Corruption Probe— Governor Adeleke cries out

By Damilare Adeleye

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has expressed displeasure over attempt by some individuals to blackmail him following the suspension of Justice Adepele Ojo as Chief Judge of the State adding that nobody can blackmail him.

This is also as the governor debunked claims that he’s after the embattled Chief Judge over of the sentencing of Chief Raheem Adedoyin.

This is contained in a statement released by Rasheed Olawale, Chief Press Secretary to the governor.

“The truth ,which the public must be aware of, is that Mr Governor is being blackmailed with the Adedoyin case for refusing to shield and protect the Chief Judge, his town woman, from corruption probe.

“The blackmail is a falsehood without any foundation in truth. Chief Adedoyin is not and has never, in whatever form, been a friend of the Adelekes.

“Secondly, neither the Governor nor his family had any contact or interference in the Adedoyin case while it lasted. From the beginning to the end, no member of the Adeleke family was involved in any way in the legal process.

“Thirdly, Adedoyin was never in any way involved with the PDP, the party of the Governor. If anything, Adedoyin was a strong APC loyalist and an ally of the former Governor of Osun state.

“What is more, throughout the trial, Adedoyin’s legal team was manned by prominent APC lawyers from the beginning to the end. No single PDP lawyer was involved with the Adedoyin team.

“We affirm that the crisis rocking the state judiciary has to do with a series of petitions from judicial officers on alleged misconduct of the Chief Judge. On each occasion, those petitions always ended up unprocessed over deliberate blackmail with the Adedoyin matter until recent action by the State Assembly.

“The Governor’s sin is his consistent refusal to accept overtures to protect his kinswoman, the Chief Judge, from probe on alleged corruption. Mr Governor has always maintained his ground that if as a Governor he is not immune from accountability questions, why should he use his office to protect another official because of blood or town kinship?,” the governor’s spokesperson added.

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