By Mojisola Oladele
Osun State House of Assembly, OSHA, has directed the Chief Judge of the State, Mrs Oyebola Adepele-Ojo to step aside, following the series of petitions leveled against her.
The decision was made during plenary presided by the Speaker of the House, Prince Adewale Egbedun held at State Assembly Complex, Osogbo.
Some of the allegations included; gross misconduct, lack of respect for the rule of law, abuse of office amongst other petitions received by the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and Legal Matters.
The motion that Mrs. Adepele-Ojo should step aside was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Adewunmi Kofoworola and seconded by member representing Ife South, Mr. Lawrence Adeoti.
The speaker, Prince Egbedun said the decision for her to step aside became imperative to enable the State Assembly House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and Legal Matters, chaired by Barrister Kanmi Ajibola and his team do proper investigations on the allegations and report to the House with seven (7) days.
Prince Egbedun called on the executive arm to swear-in the next person in order of seniority to the position of the Chief Judge, so as not to create vacuum in the judiciary.
In separate remarks, members representing the following state constituencies, Oriade, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, Ife Central, Mr. Abiola Awoyeye, Ede South, Barrister Taofeek Olayiwola and Obokun, Prince Adeyemi Adewumi explained that the decision is which is in line with section 2271 sub section 4 of the constitution and also aimed to assure members of the public that the judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.