The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday alleged that it had uncovered a would empower the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, to re-appoint Hon. Justice Peter Agumagu to continue to act as acting or a substantive Chief Judge of the state.
The state PDP, in a statement issued by its chairman, Chief Felix Obuh, said it considered the alleged action by the Rivers State government as irresponsible and unconstitutional, adding that it would not hesitate to challenge and resist such move if the state government went ahead to secure the order.
According to the statement, “The party believes that granting such order by Hon. Justice Wali will not only affirm his antecedents in issuing frivolous and controversial orders but will further heighten tension in the already tense political atmosphere in the state as a result of Amaechi’s recklessness and stubbornness”.
The party also pointed at some alleged past activities of a state high court judge who it said had always favoured the state government, “among series of such wrongly issued orders by Hon. Justice Wali, was the release of Chidi Lloyd, who was detained over attempted murder of Honourable Michael Chinda of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
It is regrettable that the Honourable Justice Wali has continued to act in a manner not expected of an occupant of the reverred office of a High Court Judge as he is favourably disposed to the Rivers State government’s requests for frivolous orders.
“It’s same Justice Wali who issued an interim order restraining Rt. Hon Evans Bipi from parading himself as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and also the latest of which he gave an interim injunction against the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, in Rivers State,” the statement reads.
The party further alleged that there were over 40 of such abhorrent orders, rulings, injunctions and judgments delivered by Justice Wali which portrayed the judiciary in bad light and disappointing of an impartial judge he ought to be.
The statement however said the party held the judiciary in high esteem, but cautioned Justice Wali to retrace his steps, as it warned that it shall no longer tolerate any further abuse of the law and privilege.