A former representative of Kogi-West senatorial district, Smart Adeyemi, has demanded for thorough investigations into the leaked tape of a conversation held between his successor, Senator Dino Melaye and Justice Akoh Ikpeme.
A recorded phone conversation released online allegedly had Mr Melaye and the Mrs Ikpeme discussing on the trial and a supposedly a bribery deal to be carried in USD. But the senator has since dismissed the tape recording, describing it as fabrication of his voice.
But Mr Adeyemi, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2015 general election, said while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, said only a thorough investigation by relevant agencies could do unearthed the truth.
The former lawmaker explained that the conduct of Justice Ikpeme and her team during the sitting of the Elections Tribunal in Lokoja left so much to be desired.
“I hereby call for a thorough investigation by the appropriate authorities, that is, the Chief Justice of the Federation, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General for the Federation, the National Judicial Council, the EFCC, the ICPC and the DSS.
“I wish to emphasise without any fear of contradiction that in the Nigerian judiciary, there are people of high integrity; who are God-fearing. Our judiciary is still one of the best in Africa and, indeed, our professionals compete favourably with the best of legal practitioners around the globe.
“Now, to the kernel of this discourse; after the judgment of Justice Akon Ikpeme at the National Assembly Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, the people of our senatorial district were shocked and perplexed as to the outcome of the ruling of the judge, ” Mr Adeyemi, who is also a former NUJ president, said.
He said his election petition before Justice Akon Ikpeme was hurriedly struck out for no justifiable reason. And that when his legal team proceeded to the Appeal Court to seek redress, the appellate court ruled that the matter should be heard, this, he said, led his team back to the tribunal.
Mr Adeyemi said he and the members of his legal team sensed a foul play in the way his petition was struck out so they petitioned the President of the Court of Appeal asking that the case be assigned to another judge, adding that the president granted the request and re-assigned the case to Justice Diran Akintola.