By CrossRiverWatch Admin
“Governor Ben Ayade has acted in strict compliance with the dictates of the constitution with regards to the swearing in of a substantive Chief Judge for Cross River State.”
The above is the opinion of Hon. Legor Idagbo, member representing Obudu/Bekwarra/Obanliku in the House of Representatives.
Legor made the assertion recently in support of the position of Governor Ayade over who succeeds Justice Michael Edem (rtd).
He went on to support his position by saying, “He swore Justice Akon Ikpeme in as acting Chief Judge and following the recommendation by the NJC her name was forwarded for conformation by the State House of Assembly. This recommendation was denied and His Excellency was forced to duly appoint Justice Maurice Eneji, who is also an eminently qualified jurist, as acting Chief Judge. He will also act for a period of 3 months until a name is sent again to the House for confirmation.
“President Buhari has retired two Chief Justice’s of the Supreme Court and the judiciary continues to function. Governor Ayade, who by the way is a lawyer, will always respect the judiciary and will also be guided by the constitution. On this he has my full support.”
The issue has become topical with some in support and not in support with some sitting on the fence.
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