Five men who woke up on Friday morning as Chief Executives of their states have been removed from their positions by the Supreme Court. The affected Governors had been engaged in a legal tussle over the elongation of their tenure and the apex court eventually ruled on the matter on Friday morning.
The affected Governors are Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, Ibrahim Idris of Kogi, Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa.
Sequel to the court ruling, the Attorney General of the Federation, Bello Adoke issued a statement in which he directed that the Speakers of the Houses of Assembly in the affected states should take over governance. The statement reads inter alia:
“Today, the Supreme Court of Nigeria delivered judgment in the appeal emanating from the judgment of the Court of Appeal in respect of the tenure of the five governors namely Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Sokoto and Kogi states. The Court decided that the five governors had since completed their tenure and accordingly relieved them of their office.
The Federal Government acknowledges the judgment of the Supreme Court and in line with the provisions of Section 191(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, calls on the Honourable Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly of the affected states to take over the governance of their respective states pending the conduct of fresh governorship elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The Inspector-General of Police and other law enforcement agencies have been directed to put in place, appropriate security measures to ensure orderly transition and to avoid any breach of the peace.
The Federal Government of Nigeria remains committed to the observance of the rule of law in all parts of the federation and therefore calls on the political leadership in the affected states to give full effect to the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria”.