Monday, 14 May 2018

Abuja based Lawyer slams Joseph Odok, calls him short sighted

| 14 May 2018 | Ukorebi Esien



An Abuja based Lawyer cum pastor has taken it hard on Joseph Odok esq on the issue of the IGP's refusal to honour the Senate's invitation to appear before it. 

The Man of God told Barr Odok that he did not have the foresight to take a holistic approach when he waded into the issue and that his haste to trample on truth may have blinded his reasoning. 


Odok had in his article titled On Whether the Senate has right to summon IG and/or Declare the IG as an enemy of democracy opined that 'the Senate assumed more power than the law confers on them when it insisted that the IG of Police must appear in person. At the point the IG refused to appear, the Senate would have charged the matter to court for interpretation since the conflict is purely that of a conflict between the legislature and the executive'.

Odok argued that although the national Assembly have right to summon anybody including the IG and even the president on matters of urgent attention, but the matter for which the Senate summoned the IG which is linked to the arrest of Sen Dino does not and cannot be a matter of urgent interest because only the court has right to determine the culpability or not of Senator Dino 

He went further to state that ' at the point the IG refused to appear, the Senate would have charged the matter to court for interpretation since the conflict is purely that of a conflict between the legislature and the executive'. 

Barr. Odok went on to accuse  the Senate of having formed an ugly habit of disrespecting the court and the executive to the extent of refusing to pass the budget for trivialities arising to personal grunge with the Executive stressing that such Senate cannot be given right to be judge in their own case and make resolution that are self serving, undemocratic and tyrannical


The self acclaimed social Change agent concluded by saying that 'The attempt of the Senate to usurp the powers of the judiciary and executive, have turned the Senate into a toothless bull dog and laughing stocks. The impunity of the senate have reduced her to the real  enemies of Nigerian democracy'.


In a direct reply to Joseph Odok's article an Abuja based Pastor who is a church funder and a lawyer, Pastor Barr Ajibola Ubi had accused Odok of being myopic in his arguments and presentation of the matter at hand. 

He further accused Barr Odok of being sentimental and partial in his assessment of the issues between the IGP, Presidency and the Legislature.

'Let's learn to divorce political sentiments from issues of national security'. He admonished.

While presenting his case, the clergy stated that the whole drama involving Dino, the Senate and the Police is a systematic scheme orchestrated by the presidency in collaboration with the kogi governor to silence Dino. The Police is clearly in breach of the fundamental right of the senator by his arraignment on stretchers in a state he cannot take a plea. The Police is a culprit of fragrant disobedience to court orders.


'Did the executive not usurp the powers of the judiciary when it reeled out names of people as corrupt when the court has not so declared. Governor El-Rufai had just labelled the senators in kaduna as enemies of the people, did the likes of Mr Joseph write against that'? He questioned.


Pst. Barr Ajibola Ubi's reply to Barr Joseph Odok reads in full: 


Mr Joseph, your take on the current brawl between the executive and the legislature is to my mind, not holistic. You see we've come to a point in this country where our leaders break the law before our eyes and when it comes against them, they resort to the same law for escape. We are all aware of the frank, courageous stand of Dino in the house, which pitched him against the presidency. It's a systematic scheme orchestrated by the presidency in collaboration with the kogi governor to silence Dino. 


The Police is clearly in breach of the fundamental right of the senator by his arraignment on stretchers in a state he cannot take a plea. The Police is a culprit of fragrant disobedience to court orders. Why is the IG, whom the President openly said disobeyed his order, claim he is busy to appear before the national assembly. The disobedience of the IG to honour the hallowed chambers is disrespect to the nation. This is not about the friction between the executive and the legislature. Are we happy that people are being killed daily without any one offering explanation? 


The house is the representative of Nigerians, and are we saying if Nigerians demand to see the IG in person, he has the right to resist it? What precedent are we setting? Are you saying the condemnable act of thugs invading the NA in the full glare of police couldn't have necessitated the appearance of IG in person to explain the issues? When the court ruled that the Police should vacate the premises of Peace Corps, has the Police obeyed? 



The impunity of the executive in this government is alarming. Let's learn to divorce political sentiments from issues of national security. Did the executive not usurp the powers of the judiciary when it reeled out names of people as corrupt when the court has not so declared. Governor El-Rufai had just labelled the senators in kaduna as enemies of the people, had people like Mr Joseph written against that,?






Ukorebi Esien is a Social Media Strategist and a Politics blogger With TDN who tells the Nigerian story one article at a time.

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