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BREAKING NEWS: New Kogi State Governor Idris Wada and His Deputy Sworn In

Friday, 27 January 2012 11:43
via Elombah.com
 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.

Capt Idris Wada

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).

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9 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: New Kogi State Governor Idris Wada and His Deputy Sworn In

  1. Good to hear this news…but were the supreme court leaders sleeping b4?

    Posted by Faco | January 27, 2012, 4:07 pm
  2. Wada:never the wish of kogi.. The madate of acn candidate should be returned to them if not,i see no peace in the state. He is a handpick candidate of kogi unfortunate governot befor Idris Ibrahim so called. I tink i sight ungovernable situation if justice is not prevail.

    Posted by Abu Adejo | January 27, 2012, 5:33 pm
  3. Am happy for d landmark judgement delivered by these learned justices of d supreme court but my only concern is d swearing in of d governor elect,if u could recall in real law of logic,d speaker should be d bonifide n constitutionally qualify person to be sworn-in as provided in d constitution of d federal republic of nigeria becusae if d tenue elongation is illegal it then mean that the election that produces the new governor capt wada should be void also because u cannot place something on nothing. am appealing to these learned justices in dier display of wisdom to unanimously rule for d speaker to be swear-in and order a fresh election in kogi state within 3 months,until this is done, d confidence repose in our judiciary cannot be quaranteed .how could this learned cabal oh sorry justices have thrown away logic so cheaply..d entire world is watching n they must think right and act fast for d sake of posterity.

    Posted by obonto | January 27, 2012, 5:48 pm
  4. I hope the inauguration of this new administration will usher kogi state into a new pedestal of industrial, and infrastructural development.

    Posted by Deinde Toyin komolafe | January 27, 2012, 6:18 pm
  5. Good to hear that, but can wada be the next governor? If, why is speaker taking over from him.

    Posted by Usman ibrahim | January 27, 2012, 9:57 pm
  6. We have never see this thing before

    Posted by Moses Amedu | January 27, 2012, 11:10 pm
  7. Imagine 4 wada to rough kogi as ibro did again, what a humiliated for kogi state? may god punish musdapher.

    Posted by Amiable s man. | February 15, 2012, 5:04 pm
  8. With regards to natural impetus, his excellency ca

    Posted by ridwan suleiman imam | March 5, 2012, 4:07 pm
  9. It was a big wao 4 kogi state 2 choose captain wada as governor, now the supreme court leadership were just performing.

    Posted by ORICHA ABDULRAUF | May 24, 2012, 10:11 am

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