Wike Escapes Legal Ambush To Stall Swearing In

A move by some legal practitioners to stalled the swearing in of River State Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike was pulled down by  the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The court on Wednesday refused an ex parte application to stop the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiru, from swearing in Chief Wike, on May 29, 2015.

The court presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba, while refusing to grant the application, said granting such would amount to “adding salt to injury” of the people of Rivers State, who currently “have no judiciary.”

The legal practitioners are Monday Ubani, John Nwokwu and Gabriel Okoro.

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While the respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), Bayelsa CJ, Justice Abiru and Wike.

The plaintiffs were contending that Justice Abiru cannot preside over the swearing-in of Wike because the constitution only allowed the chief judge of the state or the President of the Customary Court of Appeal of Rivers State to do so.

The Attorney General of the Federation, Adoke, had, in a press statement on May 19, requested Abiru to swear in Wike on May 29, because Rivers State currently has no substantive chief judge.

 

Author: News Editor

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