Kayode Eso Was An Uncompromising Professional -Ojudu


Senator Babafemi Ojudu has urged the family of late jurist, Justice Bobakayode Eso, and members of the bar and the bench not to see the passing away of the eminent Ijesa man as a minus, but rather a time for him to take a final rest, having played his part well on the stage of life.

Ojudu, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, said rather than shed tears, his family and associates should rejoice at knowing such an uncompromising professional who stood his ground, even at his own expense.

Ojudu, who represents Ekiti Central, recalled the dissent judgement of Bobakayode Eso in the Awolowo/Sagari 1979 election petition tribunal where he held that two-third of nineteen states could only be thirteen and not twelve and his acquittal of Wole Soyinka over his role in a broadcast that was termed offensive by government, a judgement that led to the redeployment of the judge to Akure, then regarded as a rural area.

According to Ojudu, the best way to honour his memory would be for his family and members of the legal profession to continue to uphold the ideals that made him an icon.

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Ojudu maintained that the man who was largely regarded as the father of judicial activism in Nigeria lived well and that posterity would judge him well.

He sympathised with his immediate family, the Osun State Government (his home state) and members of the bar and the bench, praying God to grant them strength.