The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the swearing-in of Edward Onoja, as the Kogi State Deputy Governor on Monday.
The opposition party condemned the development describing it as “shadow” and a “complete nullity, which has no place under our laws.”
The party in a statement through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed that the former Chief of Staff’s inauguration was “scandalous to our judicial system.”
PDP noted that it is scandalous that the same Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajana, whose panel acquitted the former deputy governor of the state, Elder Simon Achuba, of any misconduct, suddenly flipped to the desperate plot of Governor Yahaya Bello to impeach Achuba.
The party in its statement noted that the action of Justice Ajana has jeopardized the integrity of the judiciary and capable of bringing the institution to public disrepute if not immediately checked.
PDP has accused the Chief Judge of the state of staging an illegal inauguration of Edward Onoja as a deputy governor, while the office has not been legally declared vacant.
The opposition party noted that such action amounts to gross misconduct, which cannot be accommodated under our laws.
“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.”
PDP charged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, 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”