Commotion In APC, As Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ‘Bribes’ Judges With Very Very Juicy Gifts

By Post-Nigeria: September 27, 2019 18:46

Commotion In APC, As Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ‘Bribes’ Judges With Very Very Juicy Gifts

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Gospel Church, Pastor Adewale Giwa, has faulted Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, for purchasing brand new SUVs for Judges in the State.
Recall, that Akeredolu had presented 16 brand new 2019 model Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUVs for the Chief Judge of the State and other Judges.
Making the presentation in Akure, the State capital, he said that the gesture is to demonstrate his administration’s promise to create a conducive atmosphere to the workforce.

The vehicles were received by the Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure.
Reacting however, Giwa in a statement on Friday, said that the development is an “inducement”, which has set a bad precedent.

His words: “It is very unnecessary and insulting to the institution of the Judiciary, for a Governor to be buying vehicles for Judges who are financially independent.
“Governor Akeredolu should have known better, that under the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances) (Amendment) Act, 2008, the Nudges are entitled to a car loan and other benefits.
“The law lists such benefits as accommodation, utilities, domestic staff, entertainment, medical, security, furniture, personal assistance, motor vehicle loan, severance/gratuity and retirement benefits.
“Others are leave allowance, motor vehicle maintenance and fuel, hardship, newspapers, estacode, duty tour, outfit and special assistant allowances, and others.
“When the basic salary, allowances, and fringe benefits are computed, the CJN and other Justices of the Supreme Court receive a monthly salary of N480,766.89 and N751,000 in their bank accounts, respectively.

“For a Governor to purchase vehicles for Judges is uncalled for. What happens to the Judges’ financial autonomy where this can be done? By the principles of separation of powers, each of them is supposed to be autonomous, the Judiciary, the Executive, and the Legislature.
“I totally disagree with Governor Akeredolu for what he has done, and this should be referred to as ‘inducement’. As it is, do you think a citizen can get justice against government, in a society where government is purchasing vehicles for Judges?
“When a Pastor speaks the truth to power, sympathisers and supporters of their political parties, would tell that Pastor to face his Ministry. Our role is to speak out against injustice and bad governance.
“Most of the State Governors do not even bother following a due process while doing things, and this has contributed to the failed nation that we have today.”