Justice Okon Abang right on judgements against PDP, says NJC
-The National Judicial Council (NJC) says there was “no proof of misconduct” found in the judgements of Justice Okon Abang against PDP
– Different petitioners had demanded a probe of Justice Abang’s ruling in matters concerning the opposition party, but the NJC has found him not guilty
Abuja Federal High Court judge Justice Okon Abang has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in his judgements on cases involving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its members.
Premium Times reports that the NJC ruled that Abang’s June 29 judgement that endorsed a faction of the PDP led by former Borno state governor Ali Sheriff was authentic.
The NJC wrote in four letters to different petitioners that it found “no proof of misconduct” against the Federal High Court judge. In one of the petitions, Ayodele Ibini, a factional secretary of the PDP from Ondo State, had asked the NJC to probe Abang for alleged judicial misconduct Sheriff ruling on June 29.
In other petitions, Henry Balogun, Emeka Eze and Charles Esonu, all leaders of the PDP from Abia State, petitioned the NJC, alleging that Abang abused his official privileges in his decision on Abia on June 27 when he sacked Abia governor Okezie Ikpeazu after finding him guilty of tax evasion.
Abang had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue certificate of return to Samson Ogah, also a member of the party, as legitimate governor but the decision was nullified by the Appeal Court. Abang also nullified the national convention of the PDP that produced Ahmed Makarfi as leader.
He said the decision of the PDP to embark on the convention, despite a court order from a Lagos High Court amounted to impunity. But the NJC has found him not guilty of misconduct in all the rulings.
Meanwhile, the Appeal court is set to rule on another order of Justice Abang’s against the PDP in the Ondo election today, Wednesday, November 9 after he declared Jimoh Ibrahim of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party the rightful candidate of the party.