Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, has asked Justice Okon Abang of an Abuja Federal High Court to bury his head in shame over the role he played in the crisis rocking the PDP.
George, who described the controversial judge as an embarrassment to the Judiciary, said Abang should have been sacked by now by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The ex-PDP Deputy Chairman further called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen, and the NJC to “set up committees to investigate and sanction Justice Abang”.
“I believe Justice Abang should have by now been sanctioned by the NJC. His conduct on the Bench has been very questionable,” George told SUN in interview.
“Imagine, even granting reliefs or orders that were not even sought by the appellants to them. His role in PDP crisis through his judgment should be investigated. If it were to be in other climes, Justice Abang would not have still been sitting following his indictment by the Court of Appeal. The Chief Justice of the Federation, and the National Judicial Council should set up committees to investigate and sanction Justice Abang.
“It made me to remember how I was sentenced to jail for 18 months for allegedly splitting contracts, when no contract was ever awarded by me or those charged together with me. But it was a political persecution and my detractors also succeeded in using a judge against me. But I thank God that the Supreme Court eventually overturned that judgment and I was acquitted and discharged.
“In a normal setting, the judiciary should have remained an independent entity, but what you discover is that in our system, some judges still allow themselves to be used as willing tools by the executive. The Chief Justice of the Federation and the National Judicial Council should restore sanity in the judiciary.
“Justice Abang should bury his head in shame, he has become a big embarrassment to the judiciary. I also expect Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, to come out and deal with the lawyer to Sheriff’s faction who was asked to pay N5m fine to each of the three judges of the Appeal Court for maligning their names – that lawyer was very unprofessional in his conduct,” he said.