By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—As the crisis rocking the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State gets messier, the National Secretariat of the party has requested that the judge handling the case at the Federal High Court, Justice Charles Archibong, be changed.
In a letter by PDP’s counsel, Otunba Kunle Kalejaye, addressed to the “Administrative Judge,” dated June 7, 2012, PDP stated that the request became necessary because the party had “on good authority that the National Judicial Council, NJC, has commenced investigation against the judge.
The letter indicated that the party was also aware of three petitions against Archibong which alleged improper and biased handling of the cases filled and pending before him.
According to PDP counsel, the request was in conformity with the principle of law and that justice must be rooted in confidence; hence it was seeking the transfer of the two cases in suit numbers FHC/L/1248/11 and FHC/L/CS/347/12.
It argued that “a person is barred from deciding any case in which he or she may be, or may fairly be suspected to be biased. This principle embodies the basic concept of impartiality and applies to courts of law, tribunals, arbitrators and all those having the duty to act judicially.”