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Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu,the Ondo State Governor,has said he is not related to the new Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu. He said they only happened to be members of the same profession, stressing that there was no blood or marriage relationship between them.
The governor said his administration would not give room for nepotism in the appointments of people to positions. He declared that the right persons would be appointed to the right positions in his government.
He stated this while speaking at the swearing-in of the new chief judge in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.
“Any responsible family should be happy and proud to have a person of Justice Akeredolu’s industry and knowledge as its member. Affinity with regard to blood or marriage should not be a reason for discrimination and vilification against the deserving.
“As for me, it is enough that we belong to the same profession but I assert, without equivocation, that my lord is not a member of the Akeredolu family of Owo. We are not related by blood or marriage, at least to the best of my knowledge. If it were so, that should not be a disadvantage to a resourceful person such as a judge of the High Court.
“This administration will continue to be associated with an unwavering dedication to serve the people. Nepotistic and clannish considerations are not and will not be associated with this administration. As simple as my assignment appears, its importance is underscored by the fact that the judiciary is one of the cardinal pillars on which to sustain a democratic system. The principle of separation of powers assures civil liberty.”
While congratulating Justice Akeredolu on her new position, the governor assured the citizens that no arm of government would be allowed to override the other in his regime, saying that every arm of government would be allowed to operate in line with the law of the land.
In her remarks, the new chief judge said she would ensure that the glory of the judiciary was restored during her tenure. She called on judges in the state to give her their support and cooperation.
“We must have zero tolerance for corruption; let us pay attention to details because they count,” Akeredolu charged.