Controversy continues to follow the visit of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed: But on Tuesday, Rivers State government said the governor visited the CJN to facilitate the reappointment of the acting Rivers Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Okocha and the acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Christy Nwankwo, whose tenures will expire by the end of August.
Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, media aide to the governor, in a statement said Governor Wike visited the CJN since he is the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement by its publicity secretary in Rivers State Chris Finebone, dismissed as untrue that the visit of the governor was in connection with issues relating to appointment of the two chief law officers in the state.
“The excuse by the governor that his visit had something to do with the matter of appointment of Chief Judge for Rivers State flies in the face. That was a mere facade. We understand how government business works and the governor needed not personally pay any visit to the CJN over that matter in the way it was done,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wike’s media aide said the governor had to formally write to the CJN on the issues that took him to the office when he could not see him physically, stressing that there was nothing wrong with a governor who is also a member of the Body of Benchers to see the CJN on issues relating to administration of Justice in his state.
“While it is true that the governor went to see the CJN on the 7th and 9th of July, 2015, his mission was to brief the CJN in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council on the need to renew the appointment of the acting Chief Judge of Rivers State and also the acting president of the Customary Court of Appeal.”
By Jimitota Onoyume