29 January 2012
By Otei Oham
It is true that the Supreme court, the highest arbiter of law in the land has
given judgement on the tenure of five Governors: Ibrahim Idris of Kogi,
Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto, Temipre Silva of
Bayelsa and our own Liyel Imoke. It is also true that these Governors
have been ordered by the Court to vacate Office immediately, but lessons
must be learnt from all this, as well as its implication on the non-relented
bid of Senator Imoke to re-contest the governorship election.
There is also a need for the judiciary to always be prompt with their
pronouncements and verdict rather than give room for tension and shocks
before judgements are reeled out on sensitive issues such as this.
Regrettably, delayed judgements, such as this one given in Friday, are
capable of causing confusion and disaffection among political players in
the affected States. For instance, in
, as soon as the Kogi State
judgement ordering the swearing in of Speakers of the affected Houses of
Assembly, both the House and Speaker and the Governor-Elect were
immediately sworn in, thereby throwing the State into the state of
Besides, many questions are also being asked about certain
interpretations of the judgements, considering the urgency such
elucidation demands at the moment. The affected States are eager to
vote in their preferred candidates as Governors.
In the case of
, the PDP has conducted its gubernatorial Cross River
primaries, where Senator Imoke has emerged as the preferred flagbearer,
under the watchful eyes of Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) as required by law. The electoral body, through its Resident
Electoral Commissioner in the State, Barr. Mike Igini, who was at the
venue of the exercise, has described it as fair and transparent.
It was not the first time Senator Imoke will be getting the nod of the
people to fly the flag of the party. Ahead of the gubernatorial election he
was to stand for in 2011, he also got the flag, which was duly recognized
Interestingly, the choice of Senator Imoke by the people is always
anchored on the fact that he understands what it takes to serve people.
No wonder the people are resolving again that this recent judgement will
not change their preference for the Senator as they get set to cast their
votes for him in the coming election.