“Leave the Judiciary out of your Puerile and Unsubstantiated Accusations” – Fayemi blast Segun Oni
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has replied a letter written by the political camp of Segun Oni accusing the camp of the Governor of having a prior knowledge of the content of the judgement of the Supreme Court yet to be delivered between them.
Oni had through his lawyer , Chief Ademuyiwa Adeniyi, accused supporters of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State of preempting the judgment of the Supreme Court in the suit filed by Oni to challenge Fayemi’s eligibility.
But in a response made available to www.Barristerng.com, Lawyer to Mr Fayemi , Chief R. O. Balogun blasted Mr Oni for attempting to drag the name of the Judiciary in the mud without cause.
According to him Mr. Fayemi is “a responsible citizen who has due regard for the Institution of the Judiciary and as an advocate of the observance of the Rule of law will never either directly or through any body interfere directly or indirectly with the judicial process or pre-empting the judgment of Courts or do anything that is capable of subjecting the Apex Court or any Court into opprobrium and disrepute”.
Chief Balogun further stated that Fayemi was not aware of the posts referred to in Oni’s letter and his attention was never drawn to them until now through the said letter”.
Chief Balogun described the “pontification and unfounded assertion by Mr Oni that various social media platforms known to be sponsored and promoted by supporters of Fayemi “Once again started floating and peddling information to the effect that Supreme court dismissed Engr. Segun Oni’s case and affirmed the Court of Appeal Judgment in favour of Dr. Fayemi” as quite unfortunate.
According to him, Fayemi is deeply worried and perturbed by the bare assertion by Oni, that excerpts of the Judgment of the Court of Appeal in CA/EK/94/2018 yet to be delivered were posted on social media and they claimed “was taken down” shortly before Oni’s camp, could capture and print the excerpts.
He emphasized that Fayemi, as a responsible citizen of this country is worried because Oni is casting aspersions on the revered Institution of the Judiciary.
According to him, Oni’s tone in the letter “insinuated that the Court of Appeal has made the Judgment of the Court available to Fayemi and his so called supporters before the Judgment was delivered. This is a serious imputation on the character of the Justices of Court of Appeal that heard the appeals before the Court of Appeal”.
Chief Balogun clearly pointed out that Dr. John Kayode Fayemi also appealed against the decisions of the Federal High Court on jurisdiction of the trial court to entertain the case and failure of the trial Court to pronounce on the effect of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution which forbids declaring any person as the winner of an election without participation in all the stages of the election. Segun Oni ought to be informed that Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s appeal was also dismissed like his appeal in the court of Appeal”.
He termed the insinuation of leaked Judgment as unfounded.
He pointed out that Dr. John Kayode Fayemi also has a pending appeal and a cross appeal to be determined along side the appeal of Engr. Segun Oni. According to Chief Balogun “It is curious that heavy weather is being made of the posts that were allegedly posted on social media the same date the Appeals were heard in the Supreme Court. It is not possible for the outcome of the Judgment to be leaked or preempted the same date”.
The Lawyer stated that Fayemi is concerned that such serious and weighty allegations against the sacred Institution of the Judiciary could not be supported by concrete and verifiable evidence. According to him, “the purported excerpts were “brought down” before Oni’s camp could capture and print. This claim is suspect, having regards to the technology which makes it possible to screenshot with quick dispatch”.
Chief Balogun queried why the letter was made available to the press and bloggers and published on the internet. According to him “one would have expected that having regards to the sensitive nature of these issues and particularly when the Judiciary’s name could be dragged in the mud without any justification whatsoever, they should have refrained from making the letter public”.
He went further to describe Fayemi as a very civilized and cultured Nigerian who will not do any thing that is inimical to the judicial process nor condone such let alone, aid and abet the commission of such ignoble act of preempting the judgment of the Court.
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