Due to prevailing judgements quashing electoral victories and the subsequent dismissal of petitions filed by election tribunals nationwide, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Delta State Governor has tasked the state’s judicial commission to live up to standard.
Speaking over the weekend at Asaba during the swearing-in of Chief Stephen Ajusah as a member of the Delta State Judicial Service Commission, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa called on the commission to ensure that judicial officers carry out their duties effectively to rekindle public confidence in the judicial system.
“We are experiencing trying times in our nation. People are looking up to the judiciary to carry out its duties effectively; there should be no room for laxity,” Governor Okowa said.
Recall that an insider PDP chieftain who pledged to remain anonymous confirmed that, “Yes, there are fears on our camps (Okowa and PDP). Our fears are borne out of some of the tribunal rulings which are not favourable to our party particularly the one nullifying the elections of Sen Manager and Hon. Ben Igbakpa.
“The way some of these rulings are skewed towards APC indicate there is something fishing. Governor Okowa won the last election convincingly but the way tribunals are ruling in favour of APC is something to be worried about. The way it stands at the moment is a 50/50 chance.”
“Senator Omo-Agege during his homecoming reception in Orogun said Chief Ogboru will be governor of Delta State in six months. How will Ogboru be governor if they are not trying to influence the judgement. I tell you, this is not a mere threat especially when it comes from Omo-Agege. He means it!
“Was anyone expecting that Sen Manager’s election will be nullified? How about Ben Igbakpa? Ethiope is the Chief Ibori’s constituency. These people are not joking with every word they spit. Irrespective of these fears, we are still hopeful that the tribunal will affirm Governor Okowa’s election.”