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A click here (while there, look for section 179 in its entirety) will show you what the minimum requirement must be in order to be considered duly elected governor of a Nigerian State. You will find it was not the intention of the military drafters of the constitution that a rogue Supreme Court will become the electorates. In fact, never in the annals of representative democracy has a Supreme Court so acted. Do not let them fool you if they say they did the same thing the Supreme Court of the United States did in the Case of Gore Vs Bush. The case in Florida involved two people who were candidates in the same election, not a man who was never a candidate in the general election.


 



The Supreme Court: Supreme in all things but Remedy!
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We must first congratulate this Supreme Court for they have done it again! We congratulate you for your consistent inconsistencies. We congratulate you for consistently turning the face of logic upside down to the applause of those who should know better. If your inconsistencies are not embarrassing, we would  have also congratulated you on your undemocratic imposition of Rotimi Amaechi who was never voted for by the people of Rivers State. This is a first in the annals of representative democracy!!

If Rotimi Amaechi is a real democrat and not a demagogue like most Nigerian politicians, he should now unequivocally renounce this governorship by judicial affirmation which put those conscience loving segment of his own people to shame. Rotimi must know that we are in support of his winning the right to be a PDP candidate in an all party, gubernatorial election, however, a right to represent PDP at the gubernatorial election does not translate to winning the same election in a field of many other political party candidates. A good man, we assume you are, you must now understand that not renouncing this right to be an affirmed Governor, abridges the right of the other candidates presented by other political parties in the April election. Ararume won the same right you - Amaechi just won without judicial power grab, and he, as far as we know was not the eventual general election winner, Ohakim, the PPA candidate was declared the winner without the meddling of the unelected Supreme Court Justices in Abuja.

It is not our intention to dispute the removal of Gov. Omehia, for the dispute that brought him in was obtrusively in the PDP family of frequent law breakers (This is by no means restricted to PDP as Sen. Usman Albishir of Yobe State and of the ANPP would tell you, he was the other victim of similar circumstance). So, Rotimi Amaechi won the case he brought to the Supreme Court and more, and little did he recognize the chromosomal abnormalities inherent in the current Supreme Court composition. If their decision about this case is not a result of chromosomal abnormalities, they probably convinced themselves they are in possession of the superior wisdom of the ancients (only shallow Supreme Court Justices can claim this gift to themselves) which the rest of us lack, and since we know they are wrong, we dare to say they are suffering from gerontological abnormalities instead of malfunctioning chromosome. Any way, we will leave all those stuff to Dr. James Watson.

The chicken are now coming home to roost. When we cried out about this Supreme Court perversion of justice by declaring a Vice President who never ran in a primary election as an equal of he who ran and won the primary election, the unsuspecting and gullible public applauded, since they were blinded by the pathological hatred for one man. We can see the ripple effect of a judgment ill-conceived in the choice of the VP of various political parties in the last election. Thanks to this Supreme Court, we would never have had a Jonathan Goodluck as a VP. It was the same reason why Buhari selected a man who has now become an albatross on his neck (You can never be too careful, can you?). Each time this Supreme Court has been asked to plug a hole in the leaky roof of our military-imposed constitution, they have compounded or added further obstacle which can only be removed through future constitutional amendments.

It is very difficult to fault the judgment on Peter Obi and his ordeal in Anambra until you get to the remedy imposed by this Supreme Court. It is our opinion that the remedy imposed is a shifting of the goal post in the wrong direction. We are now learning, though yet to be substantiated, that Peter Obi's win at the Supreme Court and the remedy has a hand of the Governor of the Central bank, who it was said stage-managed the whole affair!

As if enough is not enough and as we go to press, in its publication today, ThisDay has a caption that tends to explain why the Supreme Court ruled the way it ruled on the case of Rotimi Amaechi. As they put it; 'Supreme Court justices refrained from ordering fresh elections in the state because they feared that the PDP might bar Amaechi from contesting'. Sound familiar (just blame somebody)? If this is true, it makes our verdict on this Supreme Court even sterner. This is at best, a judicial activism at the lunatic fringe. It is neither their job to circumvent the constitution, nor is it their job to cast their votes on behalf of the poor people of Rivers State!! Their job is to follow the rule of law, including the constitution.

The rogues in our midst have successfully used the pathological hatred for one man in staking and encroaching on new territories at every opportunity. They have also successfully employed the services of sympathetic and reckless segment of the judiciary in these tomfooleries. We are now witnesses to the spurious rise in the use of ex parte order and other legal instruments obtained from reckless and conscienceless judges because the unsuspecting citizens still feel all these are extensions of a fight against a man they loath so much. It all started with Fasawe and his buddy judge Inumidun Akande, and a judge in Abuja soon confirmed the supremacy of a local judge over the federal judge! Orji Kalu had exploited and still exploiting this judicial recklessness at any opportunity at his disposal. The last time Ibori went to Edo State to get ex parte order, he got one through a judge later discovered to be related to him. The previous protagonists of this type of order have since become antagonists. Such is a condition you relegate yourself when your sole purpose is to win without the worry of the consequences attendant to such wins. While the Ganis of this world rise or sink on their  principles, the pseudo intellectuals in our midst only have one purpose - win at all cost and of course, with Ghana-must-go inducements.

A click here (while there, look for section 179 in its entirety) will show you what the minimum requirement must be in order to be considered duly elected governor of a Nigerian State. You will find it was not the intention of the military drafters of the constitution that a rogue Supreme Court will become the electorates. In fact, never in the annals of representative democracy has a Supreme Court so acted. Do not let them fool you if they say they did the same thing the Supreme Court of the United States did in the Case of Gore Vs Bush. The case in Florida involved two people who were candidates in the same election, not a man who was never a candidate in that general election.

We are now hearing that the Gov of Kebbi, Dakingari, is about to abandon his 'mandate' for the real guy who won the PDP primary election in a situation similar to the Rivers State. The new PDP ploy is that if you cannot get exactly what you want, make do with what you can get. The Supreme Court has given them a win without a need for election absolutely and implicitly even in Kebbi State. Now, the guy who won the PDP primary, regardless of whether the voters in Kebbi even know him, is going to be the undeniable new Gov-affirmed (the best word for Governor by affirmation!), a new word in gubernatorial political dictionary. And the word of the Supreme Court is the law!! However, we cannot put it past this Supreme Court to concoct an abracadabra of a sort to stop this happening in Kebbi. We now serve them notice that if they do, we will be harsher on them in the event, for once you murder sleep, sleep becomes impossible for the murderer.

While some hangers-on see this as a new day for democracy, we see this ruling as a new day for the total trivialization and desecration of democracy by those who should protect it. The usual explanation that these rulings are to protect us from the Third Term is no longer tenable. The man who was supposedly asking for Third Term is no longer in Aso Rock. If the hangers-on would tell the truth, even asking for a Third Term through constitutional amendment is not of its own a sin, usurping a Third Term without the rule of law or constitutional amendment is. However, those who live and thrive by obfuscation have criminalized all those that are healthy in democracy and accentuated those things that enhance their criminal minds and tendencies. The joy of all Nigerians was immense when the Third Term was defeated constitutionally (remember and the truth is, he who asked for the Third Term did not do it outside of the constitution), but  the joy was short lived when the evil ones managed to also make sure that other 100 plus good amendments appended to the legislation requesting the Third Term were also thrown out! These evil people are always one step ahead of the unsuspecting Nigerians. Their new words are 'Rule of Law' and 'Due Process' as if these words are new inventions!

As Chief Ojo Maduekwe said in his interview with us, and we agree; the rule of law should not become a shield for the wrong doer, it should also be a sword for doing what is right.

 
 

 



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