Come May 29, 2015, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri, will swear in Rivers State Governor-elect, Nyesom Wike, according to the federal government.
This was disclosed via a press statement released by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation ,Mohammed Adoke.
Adoke explained that the action was taken due to the existing vacuum in the Office of the Chief Judge of Rivers State and the Office of the President of the Customary Court of Appeal of the state.
The statement reads:
“It will be recalled that Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike, CON was declared the Governor-Elect of Rivers State following the gubernatorial and houses of assembly elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on 11th April 2015.”
“It is therefore expected that he will be sworn into Office on 29th May 2015 in accordance with the provisions of section 185(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”
“I have requested the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State to administer the oath of allegiance and oath of office on the governor-elect of Rivers State in accordance with section 185(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”
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There is currently no Chief Judge in Rivers due to an alleged battle between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the National Judicial Council (NJC) on who should fill the position.
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