by Dare Lawal
Both the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, and the national chairman of his party, the APC, John Odigie Oyegun, were not in Abuja last week to receive the national honours that was to be bestowed on them by the government.
Now the APC chairman has explained why he chose not to attend.
According to him, his decision was due to the refusal of the federal government to speak against the attacks on judges in Ekiti State.
Oyegun said he was too shocked about the desecration of the judiciary for him “to wear agbada and shake hands with the federal government.”
According to him, he could not put himself together to receive an award in a country where its halls of justice have been desecrated and there was no forceful reaction from the federal government.
The APC national chairman spoke in Benin City, Edo State, after he received some Ijaw youth groups, who presented him a copy of their resolution not to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Oyegun said total judiciary in the country was on trial and the world is waiting for judges’ reaction.
He said, “How seriously would they react? Will they get cowed again by the power structure of the nation or will they stand up for themselves and say we cannot have this? It must not happen. I was traumatized. I personally did not go to receive the national award of CON.
“This is a very unprecedented happening, the humiliation of the judiciary. Thuggery in the sacred halls of the judiciary.
“Has this country degenerated to that extent?”