THE Ondo Youth Coalition, yesterday, challenged President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Judicial Commission (NJC), the Attorney General of the Federation and the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee to “critically look into the allegations of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, over the way the case involving it and some other stakeholders has been handled.
The party also called on the bodies to investigate the lawyers who impersonated its accredited lawyer in the case.
The umbrella body of youth organisations in Ondo State said this in a statement signed by its President, Secretary and Public Relations Officer, Adekambi Oluwatuyi, Michael Oluwole and Obanoyen Abiola respectively
They said that “it will be criminal and unfair on the youths of this nation if our leaders bequeath a disabled judiciary to us as a result of their inability to curb the excesses of judicial practitioners which is fast becoming endemic.
“Also giving a ruling parallel to the initial one which brought about the contempt charge that made the judge direct INEC to substitute the name of Eyitayo Jegede with that of Jimoh Ibrahim who was not a party to the suit and a non-member of the PDP.”
According to the Coalition, “it is criminal and a grave offence for a lawyer to impersonate a defendant in a case to get judgment against him submitting that it becomes worse when this is done in connivance with the presiding Judge.”
They said that “action must be taken in this case because of the future of the youth in our dear country’.”
They added that “worthy of investigation is how a prayer to enable the factional executive nominate candidate in the 2019 election as granted in the original judgement suddenly became 2016 gubernatorial election in the contempt charge several months after delivery of the earlier judgement even when the constitution of the party clearly states that only the NEC can nominate candidates for election and as even affirmed by the Supreme Court.”