File photo Gov Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo

Ondo Chief Judge’s Lawyer, Gov Akeredolu on Warpath over bitter comment on Court judgment..

The deep rooted animosity between the Chief Judge of Ondo state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu and the state Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN over the plot to unseat the former from office as Chief Judge has taken a new dimension.

A lead lawyer to the Chief Judge Mr Jibrin Okutepa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has lashed out at governor Akeredolu and the state government over their bitter comment against the Friday judgment of the federal high court in Abuja which barred the governor from taking any negative action against the Chief Judge.
Governor Akeredolu had in a sharp and bitter reaction by his government to the court verdict described the suit by the Chief Judge as “an ego trip which the government refused participation “

The government reaction was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information Mr Donald Ojogo.

However, the government reaction has drawn the anger of the lawyer to the Chief Judge Mr Jibrin Okutepa who described the government position as most unfortunate and uncivilised

Okutepa, an Abuja based lawyer who led the legal team for the Chief Judge and secured the judgment against governor Akeredolu described the government reaction as contemptuous.

Okutepa’s press statement released on Saturday and copied our Correspondent read in part “My attention has been drawn to press statement said to have been issued by the Government of Ondo State on the judgment delivered by the Hon Mr Justice Eden Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja, in favour of the Hon the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin O. Akeredolu.

“In the state press statement titled:
“Re: Court Bars Ondo Govt From Probing CJ
SUIT WAS AN EGO TRIP WHICH THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED PARTICIPATION” and signed by one Donald Ojogo commissioner for information, it described the suit by CJ as ego trip for which he claimed the government refused to participate.

“It is sad and unfortunate that the government of Ondo State could authorised such contemptuous statement to be issued against a judgment that was delivered after all the parties were served with hearing notices on many occasions and the government led by an eminent senior Advocate did not deem it fit to respect the processes served on the government.

“As lawyer to the Hon CJ in the matter I consider the press statement as insulting to my person as it portrays me as accepting brief to take matter that was purely academic to court for judicial determination.

” It is important to remind the Ondo State Government that the press statement is certainly after thought and face saving measures to cover the plots that gave the Hon Chief Judge of Ondo State the cause of action which led his Lordship to brief me to go to Court.

“It sad that the government of Ondo State can suffer memory loss of the reasons why the Hon CJ went to Court.

“Let me repeat again that the press statement is an afterthought and as face saving measures after the evil plot was denounced by proper judicial decision.

“In the first place the Government Ondo State and parties involved were duly served the originating Processes and hearing notices.
If the government has respect for judicial process as it claims, it should have appeared in court and inform the court that the issues and concerns raised were not true or not being pursued by the government. Ondo State government did not do so.

“Secondly Ondo State Government forgot that legal letters were done to the Governor, State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Ondo State on the matter.

“We must set record straight. It is appalling to see childish display of idolecent behaviour in the press statement issued on behalf of the government being led by learned gentleman of the highest distinction at the Bar like this.

“So sad. Perhaps I will need to draw the attention of Ondo State Government to the press Statement issued by the Hon the Attorney General of Ondo State on 18th February 2021 which led the Hon the CJ to brief me to go to court.


“Judging from the above. one then wonders how the government of Ondo State who contemptuously refused to appear before the court to defend itself can resort to self help in the form of the press statement to say it did not envice the intention of removing the CJ and that the Suit was ego trip.

“Certainly as senior lawyer and one who sworn to uphold and defend Nigerian constitution I will not have accepted brief that was rooted in moot points”