The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Monday’s inauguration of the new deputy governor of Kogi state, Edward Onoja by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasir Ajana.
The party in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Olongbondiyan said the inauguration was a breach of the constitution as it will trigger a constitutional crisis following the controversial impeachment of the former deputy governor, Simon Achuba last week.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismisses the inauguration of a shadow deputy governor in Kogi state as a complete nullity, which has no place under our laws.
“The party describes as scandalous to our judicial system, that the Chief Judge of Kogi state, Justice Nasir Ajana, whose panel acquitted the state deputy governor, Elder Simon Achuba, of any misconduct, suddenly flipped to conform with an odious plot by desperate Governor Yahaya Bello to forcefully remove the deputy governor.
“The action of the Kogi Chief Judge has heavily jeopardized the integrity of the judiciary and capable of bringing the institution to public disrepute if not immediately checked.
“Our party insists that the Chief Judge of Kogi state, in staging an illegal inauguration of Edward Onoja, as a deputy governor, while the office has not become constitutionally vacant, amounts to gross misconduct, which cannot be accommodated under our laws.
“The PDP alerts that this is a clear demonstration of the reprehensible and sacrilegious design by Governor Yahaya Bello to entangle, drag down and corrupt the institution of the judiciary, cause a constitutional crisis, trigger mayhem and derail the smooth conduct of the November 16 governorship election in the state.
“This is because there is no way there can be two deputy governors in the same state, more so as the people of Kogi state had already registered their anger and resentment against this illegality in the public space.
“The party therefore calls on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Tanko, to take immediate steps to save Kogi State from a plunge into anarchy and chaos.
“Nigeria is a nation governed by law and nobody must be allowed to set aside our constitution and corrupt our democratic order for his or her selfish and repressive agenda.”