27 January 2012
The Supreme Court this morning in a unanimous decision has sacked the governors of 5 states seeking to elongate their tenure.
The lead judgment delivered by Walter Onnoghen which lasted for about 45 minutes effectively sacked the affected governors immediately. According to the Apex court, the governors' tenures ended on May 29, 2011.
"Time fixed by the Constitution for doing anything cannot be elongated or extended. To extend tenure is contrary to common sense and the clear intentions of the framers of the Constitution," Justice Onnoghen held.
The affected governors are Admiral Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state, Ibrahim Idris of Kogi state, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto state, Liyel Imoke of Cross River state and Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa state.