Abia logjam: CJN, PCA meets today


AS the crises rocking Abia State over the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja that sacked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from office and ordered that Uche Ugah be sworn-in immediately rages on, three heads of Nigerian judiciary are allegedly to meet discreetly and find a solution on the matter. They are the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, President of the Court of Appeal, PCA, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, and the Chief Judge of Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta. A highly placed source in the judiciary during the sallah break told Nigerian Pilot that the three heads of court would be meeting quietly at the Supreme Court complex to resolve the issue and advise judges in the matter to do what the laws say and not be influenced by any person, group or political party. According to the source, already the CJN is currently monitoring the events as they unfold in respect of the Abia governorship tussle. The source said that the said meeting of the senior judicial officers was to direct the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to call his colleagues to order to do the right thing without any influence from the public. The source further warned that any judge found wanting in handling the Abia matter would face sanction by the Nigerian Judicial Council chaired by the CJN. The Federal High Court in Abuja had rejected the request by Governor Ikpeazu to set aside the enrolled orders on its June 27 judgement on the state’s governorship seat. Following the June 27 judgement by Justice Okon Abang, an enrolment of the judgement orders was served on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on which basis it relied in issuing Certificate of Return to Dr. Uche Ogah. Ikpeazu’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot