|Friday, 27 January 2012 11:43|
Following the early morning ruling of the Supreme Court, Kogi State Chief Judge has sworn in governor- and deputy governor- elect. The new Governor, Captain Idris Wada is sworn in today as the third civilian governor of the state.
The out-going Kogi state governor, Ibrahim Idris, is among the five governors that were dragged to court by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the issue of tenure elongation.
The Nigeria Supreme Court earlier today sacked five state governors whose tenure elapsed in May 29 last year. The governors are Ibrahim Idris (Kogi), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River). They are all members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The seven-member panel chaired by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher, Justice Mahmud Mukhtar, Walter Onnonghen, Chukwuma Ene, Ibrahim Coomasie, Olufunlola Adekeye and Mary Peter-Odili decided the case.
The judgment is in an appeal by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The appellants are challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upheld the decision of an Abuja Federal High Court that extended the tenure of the five governors beyond May 29, 2011.
In a unanimous judgment prepared and read by Justice Walter Onnoghen, the apex court held that their tenure of four years started from May 29, 2007 when they took their first oath of office and oath of allegiance.
The judgment was in an appeal by the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) governorship candidate in Adamawa state, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Justice Onnoghen said no person elected under the 1999 Constitution can remain in office beyond four years.
“The oath they took in 2007 remain valid. To accede to the request of Respondents (governors) is to bring uncertainty to the Constitution. It is to continue the cycle of impunity”, he said.
Born January 1, 1956 in Dekina, Kogi State. Capt Idris Wada attended Government Secondary School, Dekina from 1963 to 1968 and University of Abuja from 1999 to 2003.
Idris Wada has 35 years experience in the Aviation industry before he came into politics.
Wada won the Kogi state gubernatorial election of December 3, 2011 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).