Distinguished Nigerians have described the refusal of the Cross River State Home, CRSHA of Meeting to verify Justice Akon Ikpeme as substantive Chief Decide of the state on the bottom that she hails from Akwa Ibom State as primitive and discriminatory.
Justice Ikpeme was first rejected on March 2, 2020, by the Home of Meeting following which Governor Ben Ayade swore-in Justice Maurice Eneji because the performing Chief Decide of the state, after the lawmakers, screened and authorised his appointment in an performing capability.
The Meeting members insisted that although she is married to an indigene of the state, she is from neighboring Akwa Ibom State by beginning and thus constitutes a safety threat.
The Home once more at its sitting of June 2, 2020, rejected Justice Ikpeme nomination, after the NJC, for the second time, re-nominated her. The state Home of Meeting argument this time was that it had taken a call and wouldn’t reverse itself. Governor Ayade has subsequently requested from the NJC for an extension of the Justice Eneji performing interval.
CRSHA motion fallacious —Air Commodore Idongesit (retd)
Reacting to the commotion the refusal of Justice Ikpeme has precipitated, former Army Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd), stated: “What the Cross River State authorities has achieved is fallacious whether or not you have a look at it from Christian spiritual follow or historically, it is rather primitive.
And I don’t assume different states follow that. “What’s practiced in different states, even in civilized nations is that after a girl is married she mechanically turns into an indigene, a citizen of her husband’s residence place. They need to have refused to marry her (Ikpeme).
“Why marry somebody into your society when you’ll discriminate towards the individual. It is extremely, very dangerous. The Cross River State lawmakers needs to be ashamed of themselves.”
NBA ought to intervene —Eseme
Mr. Eseme Eyibo, a former member representing Eket federal constituency within the Home of Representatives in his response urged the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, NBA, to make sure that the rule of regulation is upheld relating to the problem.
He stated: “Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, was very unprofessional in that delinquent act of govt rascality in his refusal to appoint Justice Ikpeme, the duly certified, unblemished and first amongst equals within the state judiciary because the state Chief Decide.
“The Cross River State Home of Meeting abused its constitutional duty to oversight the manager by it acquiescence to the spitting on the rule of regulation by the governor.
“The NBA should rise on its toes and add flavour to the Nationwide Judicial Council, NJC’s demonstration towards the rule of a person not too long ago enthroned in Cross River State to profit the rule of regulation and enrich our constitutional democracy.”
A’Ibom Meeting to fulfill CRSHA over the deadlock
In the meantime, the management of the Akwa Ibom State Home of Meeting is making preparations to fulfill with their Cross River State counterpart to see how the problem may very well be settled amicably.
The member representing Etinan State constituency, and Chairman Home Committee on Data, Mr. Aniekan Dennis who disclosed this to Vanguard Legislation and Human Rights, expressed concern that as state lawmakers, what they are going to do is to make a passionate attraction to their Cross River colleagues to rethink their choice on the problem.
Dennis stated: “We can’t intervene on this as a result of Justice Ikpeme is married to a Cross Riverian, so mechanically she is from there. However we don’t know the rationale our brothers in Cross River State Home of Meeting have refused to verify her because the state Chief Decide.
“Nevertheless, we are attempting to succeed in out to them to see what may very well be achieved. The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State Home of Meeting is attempting to get in contact with the Speaker of Cross River State Home. It’s one thing that we will settle amicably.”
He cited examples the place outstanding feminine Nigeria leaders had been appointed into key political positions based mostly on the place their husbands hail from, “And that’s how it’s speculated to be. And the regulation requires the Cross Rivers State Home of Meeting to verify Justice Ikpeme because the substantive Chief Decide of the state.”
Refusal discriminatory, unconstitutional —Akuma, SAN
Talking on the problem, Chief Solomon Akuma, SAN and former Legal professional Common of Abia State, stated: “The allegations towards her Lordship is spurious and unfounded. The refusal of Cross River State Home of Meeting to verify Justice Ikpeme may be very discriminatory and unconstitutional and needs to be condemned by each proper considering and cheap Nigerian.”
It’s an unpleasant growth —Ex-AG
Additionally, former Legal professional Common of Cross River beneath Sen. Liyel Imoke, Attah Ochinke stated, “It’s an unpleasant growth. If her rejection was on the premise of not being from Cross River which is even not appropriate as a result of her mom is from right here then, it’s purely discriminatory and shouldn’t be.
“What the CRSHA is doing to Justice Ikpeme is very unconstitutional. The structure gives that nobody needs to be discriminated towards by the rationale of a number of elements together with circumstances of beginning, place of birth, state of origin, faith, gender, and so forth.
“If the Home is saying as a result of her father is from Akwa Ibom, so she will be able to’t be Chief Decide of Cross River, then that’s pure discrimination by the Cross River State Home of Meeting as a result of she has been right here all her life.”
Ayade desires to carry ethnic politics into judiciary —Ekpo
On his half, a former Legal professional Common beneath Donald Duke administration, Eyo Ekpo, stated the Cross River State Home of Meeting was merely taking part in out the scripts of Governor Ayade.
Ekpo stated there was no have to fake concerning the matter as the reality behind the rejection was merely for the truth that Governor Ayade doesn’t need Justice Ikpeme to change into the Chief Decide of Cross River.
He stated, “The CRSHA is simply finishing up their rubber stamp perform. There is no such thing as a constitutional justification for what the CRSHA is doing as a result of it’s purely tribalistic.
“They wish to change the construction of the judiciary by politicizing what doesn’t want any type of politics. A matter like that is very clear, it’s a matter of seniority, each lawyer is aware of this.
“She ought to by no means have been rejected within the first place, it’s simply travesty. There is no such thing as a deficiency on her half, she may be very certified. There is no such thing as a justification within the structure for his or her motion.
“I don’t wish to get into this subject of Cross River and Akwa Ibom. From the inception of Nigeria, judges are by no means appointed on the premise of their state of origin. Now we have had two individuals who weren’t from Nigeria who turned Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
“There has by no means been a time within the historical past of this nation that the state of origin turned standards for appointing a Chief Judges or judges in any state in Nigeria.
“If the Home desires to impose a candidate towards the judiciary, then they need to have a foundation however they don’t. They are going to by no means and may by no means have a justification for what they had been doing.
“In reality, Justice Ikpeme is a CrossRiverian, she was born in Calabar by a Calabar mom, she has lived in Cross River all her life, paid all her taxes right here and has by no means for as soon as claimed Akwa Ibom State.
“Additionally, Akwa Ibom was created out of Cross River even at the moment the daddy was a CrossRiverian, at present Akwa Ibom got here out Cross River, tomorrow one other state may come out from them too.
“Allow us to name a spade a spade, the rationale why the CRSHA is doing what they’re doing is that they’re merely Governor Ayade rubber stamp.
“If Ayade doesn’t need her, then it needs to be made clear, all this rejection is a pretext, a dishonorable pretext, to inform the world that as a result of she is from Akwa Ibom may be very dishonorable. There are examples in Bayelsa, River states, who’ve Chief Judges who are usually not indigenes of the state.
“What’s the Home actually on the lookout for, it’s merely what’s written on the face of Ayade as a result of they know that the governor doesn’t need her and I have to say that what the governor is doing is unbecoming. He’s hiding behind the Home however historical past and time will expose all.
“The individual they need won’t ever be Chief Decide and by this motion, the governor has set himself towards your complete Nigerian judiciary as a result of Ikpeme’s place ought to by no means be politicised.
“The identical approach the Home can’t take a junior member and make him the Speaker, what the legislature can’t do or enable within the cadre, is identical factor they wish to perpetuate within the judiciary, but the Speaker of the Home desires a junior choose to supplant a senior as a result of the governor desires it to be so.
“If the Home stated that they had purpose to doubt her capability, they need to have achieved it on their very own, however it’s easy, they’re doing the bid of Ayade, he has introduced ethnic politics into the judiciary.
“If the Home was unsure of her seniority and capability, they might have stated so with one voice, it’s the doing of the governor of Cross River State and it reveals that the person doesn’t have regard and love for this state, in any other case, he wouldn’t create this type of confusion.
“He has now introduced ethnic politics into the Judiciary, he can do this in different sectors however not the judiciary. Each lawyer is aware of the reality, issues are achieved based mostly on rank, now we have a hierarchy and each lawyer is aware of this. In reality, no lawyer would wish to be supplanted by a junior one.
“We’re destroying the traditions and ideas. Now we have destroyed the traditions of the Bar due to one individual’s ethnic bias. He’ll want this factor he desires to destroy in the future and it received’t be there for him, mark my phrases.”
Denying her the place is hypocrisy — Essien
Additionally reacting, Rev Kufreabasi Essien of the Division of Physics, College of Uyo, Uniuyo, stated: “Since she is married to an indigene of Cross River State and coming from the facet of the regulation, she has the proper to take up an elective place or an appointment in Cross River State.
“This growth additionally factors out the truth that we Christians declare to be Christians however denying her that place is an illustration of the hypocrisy of Christianity. They’re being hypocritical and we must always drop this generational hatred. We must always start to like ourselves.
“She needs to be allowed to take up that place besides they are saying she isn’t a Nigerian. Why can we discriminate?”
Ayade is just being biased — Peters
Equally, Akwa Ibom State-based authorized practitioner, Mr. Mfon Peters, stated: “My touch upon that is quite simple. The truth that she is married to a Cross River man mechanically makes her an indigene of Cross River State. You can not detract that.
“And when a Chief Decide of a state resigns, dies, or retires, the oldest choose takes over. It’s computerized. And for the truth that Justice Ikpeme’s organic father is from Akwa Ibom State mustn’t cease her from being appointed into that place she merited.
“Governor Ben Ayade is just biased and tribalistic. And such issues are usually not identified within the judiciary. And whether or not he likes it or not Justice Ikpeme would be the CJ, even whether it is for in the future. He can’t deny her that as a result of she is the subsequent to occupy that place within the state. That’s the place of the regulation, not my place.
“It’s unlucky that the Cross River State Home of Meeting is stuffed with ‘sure males’, the governor’s bootlickers. I do know that the Lawmaker from the native authorities the place Justice Akon Ikpeme’s husband hails from is the one one who spoke towards the motion of their governor.”
CRSHA choice fallacious, myopic—Thomas
Additionally, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Clifford Thomas, described the motion of the Cross River State Home of Meeting as fallacious and myopic, including “It’s unhappy and unlucky that as an alternative of upholding the rule of regulation, they’re attempting to destroy it.”