From Vivian Israel, Port Harcourt
There was a sign of relief within the supporters of Anti Amaechi group immediately the long awaiting judgment was delivered by Justice Adanma Iyayi Lamikanra in the state High Court which reinstated the suspended Obio/Akpor Local government council chairman, Prince Timothy Nsirim .
The council chairman and his subordinates were suspended on may over allege fraud by the Rivers state House Assembly base on interim report.
Presiding over the case Justice Lamikanra who entertained the matter on Monday declared the suspension of the elected council executive and legislative members of Obio/Akpor local government area by the Rivers state governor Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as illegal, unconstitutional.
Justice Lamikanra further said the constitution of Chikordi Dike the current Obio/Akpor Caretaker Committee as null and void.
All though the state government has move the case to court of appeal which is to be entertained on Thursday
Reacting, the People Democratic Party Rivers state chapter in statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the state chairman, Jerry Needam described the nullification of the Caretaker Committee and the reinstatement of Hon. Timothy Nsirim including his excos as a victory over intimidation and dictationship.
The party noted that By this ruling despite every effort to upset and demoralize the judge and distort the course of justice, the judiciary has once more proved it’s reliable and remains the last hope of the common man.
It commended the rare courage of Hon Justice Lamikanra for shunning all acts of intimidation, blackmail and attempts to cow her to hands off the case, stressing that if all judicial officers will exhibit such steadfastness, our society will be better for all.
The party however regrets that the undemocratic elements in the State who see politics as the beginning and end of their lives could go as far as destroying the soul of the nation which the judiciary represents by taking far reaching measures including unprecedented work free days and inciting of judiciary workers, just to thwart the course of justice.
While reiterating its fate in the courts and jurists of Hon Justice Lamikanra’s mould, the PDP warned against the dire consequences of executive lawlessness and other sundry means to undermine court decisions and judgments stressing that doing so is to call for anarchy in the land which like a whirl wind does no good to anyone.
“The PDP will continue to apply wisdom and use every legal mean possible to fight injustice and executive highhandedness to ensure there is equity in our land and to ensure both the high and the low are protected as of right. We believe this is the import of democracy without which democratic leadership makes no sense at all”, the Party declared.