Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The lead counsel to the twenty –three elected Local Government Council Chairmen and councilors, Mr. Henry Odili yesterday said his clients have written to President Mohammadu Buhari and the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki over the plot to sack them.
He said the letter which will get to President Buhari and the Senate President, Dr. Saraki by today (Monday) became necessary due to an attempt by PDP in the state to desecrate the temples of justice which could lead to mayhem in the state.
The lead counsel spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the state capital while addressing Lawyers Network for Change who paid him a courtesy visit in his house.
Mr. Odili noted that with the anxiety in the state over the plot by governor Wike and his PDP to dissolve the elected chairmen it becomes paramount for Mr. President to intervene to avert anarchy in the state.
He said the matter is now an issue of gross violation of the constitution, judicial impertinence and impunity which must be given an urgent attention before it is too late.
He added that the letter will also detail Mr. President on why Governor Wike has no right to bribe any judge to deliver judgment on a case that had been adjoined Sine Die.
Odili 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.
“The PDP now went to the same Akanbi J. who had adjourned the case to wait for the outcome of the Appeal, and filed an application bribing the judge to annual the Local Government Council election.
“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.
“For this reasons stated above, we are hopeful that the President will investigate our claim on this letter and advice Wike and his group to trade on the part of honour instead of taking action that could lead to the breakdown of law and order in the state.”
Responding, the Chairman of Lawyers Network for Change, Mr. Iheanyichukwu Dike thanked the lead counsel and his team, adding that his group will continue to support them to ensure justice on the plot to dissolve the elected council chairmen.