The Kogi State chapter of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP), has warned against unconstitutional removal of the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah when his tenure is not yet over.
In a statement signed by the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Mouktar Atimah, recalled that similar removals done where reversed by the Supreme Court, saying that this will not also stand.
According to the chairman, this is another constitutional crisis looming in Kogi State and called on the Federal Government to quick wade in before it delegates further.
The statement which reads in part said “It has come to the notice of our great party that there is a looming constitutional crisis in Kogi state.The executive Governor of the state Yahaya Bello is bent on removing the state Chief Judge Hon Nasir Ajana from office.
” It will be interesting to note that for the past six months there has been a lot of brouhaha between the executive and the judiciary.To the extent that a case involving the two arms of government was stopped by the executive for an out of Court settlement.
“As we speak today, the state judicial system has been on strike for about five months and no attempt to resolve the crisis and make justice dispensation to the common man difficult.
“We wish to draw the attention of the whole world that it will be unconstitutional to remove the Chief Judge when his tenure is not yet over.It would be recalled that similar removals done where reversed by the Supreme Court.
“We as a party is calling on the Federal Government to reverse this decision and declare a State of emergency on Kogi state.Since the present government does not know that Separation of power is one of the key ingredients for democracy to thrive.