There is confusion in Kogi State over who should be sworn-in as replacement for Governor Ibrahim Idris who was removed from office by the Supreme Court this morning after ruling that his tenure and that of four other state governors expired May 29 last year.
A crowd has gathered at the Government House, and the exco chamber is packed with officials and journalists waiting for the chief judge to swear in Mr. Idris’, successor.
Based on previous ruling by a Federal High Court, elongating the tenures of the sacked state governors, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted election to fill the Kogi governorship seat expected vacant by April 1.
The governor elect, Idris Wada, and the speaker of the House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bello, are currently in the Kogi government house, each angling to be sworn in as governor.
The chief judge is hesitating, waiting for clearance from the Supreme Court.
Aides of the governor are apparently pressuring him to swear in the governor elect, Mr. Wada, claiming to have obtained clarification and approval from the National Judicial Council.
Mr. Wada was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on December 3, 2011.
Opposition members are also arguing that the governor elect is not fit to be sworn in since the ruling had quashed the foundation of his elections.
Cross River waiting
In Cross River state, the Speaker of the House of Assembly is yet to be sworn in. The state chief judge is out of the state at the moment. She is being expected back today.
Nyako stays put in Adamawa
Controversy is also brewing in Adamawa state where radio have announced that despite the Supreme Court ruling, Murtala Nyako remains the governor of the state and will not handover power. Adamawa state attorney general says the Supreme Court ruling has no “consequential orders.”
In Bayelsa, the swearing-in of the Assembly speaker, Nester Binabo is underway. The ousted governor, Timipre Sylva, has issued a statement descibing the Supreme Court ruling as a temprorary setback for him , says Sylva
“As a democrat and firm believer in the rule of law, Chief Timipre Sylva takes the ruling of the Supreme Court today terminating his tenure in good faith,” the statement by his spokesperson Doifie Ola, said.
He added, “What has happened is only a temporary setback. The implication of this judgement is that the January 2011 primary election which Sylva won as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) subsists.
“Sylva enjoins his supporters to remain calm, as they have always been, and not take the law into their hands. He thanks the people of Bayelsa State for the opportunity given him to serve.
Mr. Sylva said he was confident of being reelected.
“We trust that he would be given another chance to complete the good work, which the Good Lord has used him to undertake for the people of Bayelsa State.
“His second term, if re-elected, will be devoted to consolidation of these efforts, with the ultimate aim of building a Bayelsa State where all will have the opportunity to develop their full potentials.
“Sylva wishes the Acting Governor the best of luck and enjoins the people of the state to cooperate with him.”