…ALGON counsel accuses trial judge of taking bribe
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
There are panic and anxiety on the camp of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State over what they described as desperate move by Governor Nyesom Wike to unjustly dissolve the twenty –three elected Local Government Council Chairmen who are members of APC.
But the twenty-three elected Council Chairmen who operate under the aegis of the Association of Local government of Nigeria (ALGON), Rivers State chapter, have insisted that Wike cannot bend the law to remove them from office.
The elected council chairmen yesterday said with the unjustifiable way Governor Wike is going about the annulment of their election; it would only end up in a very serious chaos that could breakdown Law and order in the state.
They called on President Mohammandu Buhari, the Senate President to call Governor Nyesom Wike to order as to avert further bloodshed in the state.
The Mayor of Port Harcourt, Hon. Chimbiko Akarolo who is also the ALGON Chairman, Rivers State chapter, in a chat with The Nation yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said Governor Wike is going around bribing judges to hurriedly deliver a case that has been adjoined Sine Die.
He said the elected chairmen are pleading with President Buhari, the Senate President including other peace loving Nigerians to caution governor Wike before he returns Port Harcourt to the dark days.
He accused the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike of spending Rivers money in a rascal manner to illegally dissolve twenty-three democratically elected Local Government Council Chairmen in the state.
“To tell you how desperate Wike is, he had already selected the Caretaker committee chairmen to replace us. But as far as he is not just in his action, he can’t remove us. We are democratically elected by our people and any action against the legitimate will of the people is unjust.
“We are calling on President Mohammadu Buhari to intervene by calling Wike to order. Rivers people cannot afford to experience bloodshed like the sham called governorship election in the state.
Another local government Chairman Hon. Lucky Worluh of Emohua Local government council said, Wike is only drumming for war by attempting to dissolve the elected chairmen with disrespect to law.
He noted that Wike must respect the law which is before a competent court restraining his action to dissolve the elected chairmen, adding that the only thing Wike wants to achieve is to destroy all Amaechi has built in Rivers State.
Explaining more reasons why President Buhari must intervene on the matter, Mr. Harry Odili, one of the lead counsels to the elected chairmen said the matter is now an issue of gross violation of the constitution, judicial impertinence and impunity.
He said on 29/4/2015 His Lordship Justice Akanbi J. made an Order adjourning the case Sine DIE to await the decision of the Court of Appeal.
“Based on the foregoing, Hon AkanbiI J. has no power or jurisdiction to entertain any further applications or proceedings until the Court of Appeal determines the matter
“in a most corrupt, clandestine and bizarre determination to corrupt and pollute the stream of justice, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) now went to the same Akanbi J. who had as far back as 29/4/2015, adjourned the case to wait for the outcome of the Appeal. But they went ahead to filed an application to annual the Local Government Council election by bribing the judge with huge sums of money.
“With this, they got the Application to be fixed for hearing on the 16/6/2015 and 18/6/2015notwithstanding the pendency of the said Appeal for which he had previously adjourned the matter Sine Dieby his order made on 29/4/2015.
“The learned Trial Judge deliberately allowed R N Godwins, Esq. to re-open the case in his Court because he has been heavily bribed by PDP through Governor Wike.
“ for the reasons stated above, we unequivocally call for the immediate dismissal of this notorious judge noted for corruption, bribery and whose appetite for money is insatiable and to save Rivers litigants and the image of the Judiciary in Nigeria,” he said.