Appointment of chief Judge: Senator alleges impeachment plans against Amaechi

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Jun 11th, 2014
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IMG_20140611_102032Member of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, on Wednesday alleged that the intention of imposing a Chief Judge on Rivers State is to impeach the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

Senator Abe said this while addressing hundreds of protesters in Port Harcourt at the state Judiciary complex.

The protesters had gathered to protest against the resumption of Justice Daisy Okocha.

Abe called on the protesters to resist any scheme by the opposition to create anarchy in the state.

He said, “the reason they are desperate to impose a Chief on us is that we have clear information that 5 legislators want to be used to impeach the Governor and hand over the script to her. That is the mission she is being sent here to do. And it will not work.

“The elected members of the Rivers State House of Assembly with their certificates of return from INEC are alive, elected by Rivers people. So there is no way six people will be allowed to prevail their rule or their will on 32 persons. That is not democracy”.

Abe also warned that any appointment of a Chief Judge for the state without the consent of the Governor and the state House of Assembly would be resisted.

“They have insisted that they have appointed a judge. They will appoint a Judge without the Governor or the state House of Assembly and Rivers people are standing here to say no. It will not happen

“Let us use this opportunity to send a message to all Nigerians. The people who are supposed to uphold our constitution are the people uprooting the constitution.

“When we are talking of strong institutions we are not talking about the metals holding our buildings. It is the character of people that hold offices. When people who hold offices don’t have character our institutions cannot be strong”, Abe insisted.

On his part, Chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Oji Ngorfa who spoke on behalf of the Chairman of the 23 Local Government areas in the state said Justice Daisy Okocha is playing out a script given to her by some powerful politicians in Abuja.

“As those who represent the grassroot, we will not accept a situation where the proper thing is not done.

“We will use every legal means in our disposal to resist this attempt. What is their motive? We believe that they have a motive and their motive is evil.

“We are concerned because ordinary litigants in the state are suffering for what the NJC is doing. Why did they pick Rivers State?, he queried.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed a law that allows the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary to oversee the assignment of cases and carry out other administrative responsibilities in the absence of a Chief Judge.

The passage followed the outcome of a public hearing that was held earlier in the day.

House Committee chairman on Judiciary, Golden Chioma said most memoranda sent by the public supported the amendment except the one sent by the PDP, which kicked against the amendment.

Deputy Speaker of the assembly, Leyii Kwanee who presided over the session passed the law after a vote from legislators.

In his submission, Kwanee said the passage was in the interest of justice for the people of the state.

DailyPost reports that seventeen members were present at the sitting.


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