Obiajunwo Paul, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Commissioner of Housing Barr Emma Okah has said that rights activist and former President of Nigeria Bar Association Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN misdirected himself on facts on Omehia recognition as the former Govermor of Rivers State.
Okah who spoke on behalf of PDP said Agbakoba was wrong and insensitive by describing the decision of Rivers State Government to accord a special privilege and recognition to Sir Celestine Omehia as useless, unnecessary and capable of overheating the system.
In a press statement issued today in Port Harcourt, Okah said the state government has the powers to confer an advantage on anybody without reference to any court judgment and wondered why such a reconciliatory and uniting action should annoy Chief Agbakoba.
“This is purely a political concession, far away from the courts. There must be an end to acrimony and bitterness or politics of hate. As a people, we should encourage harmony, peace and consensus building.
“So that we can put the agony of yesterday behind us and together, move the state to greater heights, noting that in all jurisdictions, litigants can still seek peace outside the court room or even after judgment and such agreements calm frayed nerves and heal wounds better and faster.
According to Okah, a time comes when as leaders, you need to think outside the box to solve political problems and create happiness for the people.
“Nigeria did the same for Chief Ernest Shonekan who headed the Interim Government which the Court declared as illegal. In Ekiti State, Governor Ayo Fayose accorded similar recognition to Chief Segun Oni even though the court said he was not a governor in law. People are happy with these situations and that of Rivers State cannot be different.
Okah further said that Agbakoba has more pressing things to worry about in Nigeria like the current developments in the National Assembly where statesmen like him are expected to sound their voice for democracy instead of dabbling into Rivers politics.