- Governor Samuel Ortom has backed the National Assembly's decision to approach the Supreme Court on Justice Walter Onnoghen
- The Chief Justice of Nigeria was shown the way out by the president on Friday, January 25 in a move that has been widely described as unconstitutional
- Governor Ortom says the federal legislature has demonstrated true patriotism by seeking interpretation of the apex court on the issue
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has commended the leadership of the National Assembly for approaching the Supreme Court over Justice Walter Onnoghen’s suspension.
Governor Ortom in a statement sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Terver Akase, on Tuesday, January 29, said the National Assembly has demonstrated true patriotism by seeking the interpretation of the apex court on the issue.
According to him, Nigerians are patiently waiting to know the court's verdict, whether or not the decision of the presidency to suspend Onnoghen amounts to usurpation of the powers of Senate as provided for in Section 292 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The governor stressed that it is only when due process, the rule of law and separation of powers are respected by the three arms of government that the country's democracy can grow.
He called on all Nigerians to reject impunity and high-handedness in any disguise and be prepared to vote without the fear of intimidation during the coming elections.
Meanwhile, senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have claimed to be unaware of any decision by the Senate to approach the Supreme Court for an interpretation of the law on the suspension of Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The senators said contrary to a statement by the Senate, there was no decision made for the lawmakers to approach the apex court for any interpretation of the law.
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Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), in a statement sent to journalists, said the Senate never met to take such resolution.
“Consequently, the Senate APC caucus dissociates itself from the said request for the legal interpretation of the suspension,” Lawan said.
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