Supreme Court judgment: 2 ag. governors emerge in Kogi
January 30, 2012 11:46
Lokoja, Jan. 30, 2012 (NAN) Kogi State on Monday continued to experience confusion over who takes charge of its affairs between the winner of the Dec. 3, 2012 governorship election Capt. Idris Wada and the Speaker of the House of Alhaji Abdulahi Bello.
The situation became worrisome when members of the state assembly during an emergency session on Monday morning urged the Federal Government to wade into the imbroglio and resolve it in the interest of peace .
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state was thrown into confusion over the Supreme Court's judgment as it has been subjected to different interpretations by the various interest groups.
The Supreme Court had on Jan. 27 ruled that the tenure elongation granted to five governors of Kogi, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Sokoto and Cross River States was not known to the 1999 Constitution, directing the governors to vacate their seats immediately.
It also ruled that the Speakers of the affected states be sworn-in in acting capacity, pending the conduct of fresh governorship elections in those states within 90 days .
Kogi was thrown into confusion when the former governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, PDP bigwigs and the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah could not reach a consensus on the Supreme Court's judgment.
Consequently, the camp of the former governor got the President of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal, Mr Shaibu Ibrahim to swear in Wada as the new governor.
But shortly afterwards, Justice Ajanah acted on a letter issued on behalf of the Federal Government by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke to administer oath of office on the Speaker as the acting governor.
Meanwhile, the situation remained confused as people dressed in different attires trooped to the Lokoja township stadium for the inauguration of Wada as the governor early in the morning.
The people, came mostly from Kogi East and were already seated waiting for Wada, who was said to be coming from Abuja for the ceremony.
But before his arrival, armed policemen dispersed the crowd and put the stadium under lock and key.
Bello, acting governor, directed the police to take firm control of the security of the state.
He also sacked the secretary to the state government all the commissioners and other political appointees he inherited from the Idris administration. (NAN)