Thursday, 27 February 2020

Avoid constitutional crisis and confirm Ikpeme, group warns CRSHA




Politics
28th | February, 2020 | Ukorebi Esien




A non-political, socio cultural group known as Odukpani Leadership Academy with the sole aim of raising trained leaders that will fit into various leadership stratas has called on the leadership and members of the Cross River State House of Assembly to as a matter of urgency and necessity, see to it that, Justice Akon Ikpeme is confirmed substantive Chief Judge of Cross River State.

According to a Press Release Issued by the group yesterday, the none confirmation of the acting Chief Judge will lead to Constitutional Crisis. Also lending his voice the chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Public Service Matters, Public Petition and Conflict Resolution, Rt. Hon Eta Esua said if the needful is not done, Cross River will be gradually drifting into anarchy.



The release from Odukpani Leadership Academy reads in full: 


PRESS RELEASE

The attention of Odukpani Leadership Academy has been drawn to the political intrigues going on in the Cross River State House of Assembly with respect to the confirmation of Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme as the substantive chief judge of Cross River State.



We have it on good authority that by virtue of a letter dated 8th January 2020 the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade complied with the spirit and letters of section 271(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) by transmitting a letter to the speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly for the confirmation of Hon Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme as the substantive Chief Judge of Cross River State.


It is rather disturbing and unfortunate that, ever since his Excellency's letter was sent to the house, the house has refused to list the matter nor deliberated on it until yesterday, 26th February 2020 when Hon Efa Esua and Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey (Members representing Calabar Municipality and Bakassi state constituencies respectively) brought up the matter at the floor of the house for deliberation.


It has also been gathered that the cheap sentiment being peddled for the delay in confirming Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme as the substantive Chief Judge is predicated on the baseless fact that she is not a Cross Riverian.



We want to put the records straight that Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme is legally married to Dr. Bassey Ikpeme (who is an indigene of  Eniong Abatim in Odukpani LGA of Cross River State) and as such, she is a bonafide daughter of Odukpani LGA by virtue of the provisions of section 26 (2)(a) of the constitution. Furthermore, we have had cases where Cross Riverians got married to non-Cross Riverian wives and they grow through the ranks of the civil service up to the position of permanent secretaries. An unfortunate exception cannot be created in this case.


Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme (whose tenure as acting chief judge is constitutionally billed to expire on the 2nd March 2020) had formally worked under the Cross River State Ministry of justice from where she was appointed a Judge of the Cross River State High Court and she rose through the ranks to become the most senior serving judge of the state.


Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme is known for her hard work, dedication to duty, fair judgment, and humility.


We commend the House committee on judiciary (chaired by Hon Efa Esua) for screening Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme
 and we, therefore, most humbly, call on the Cross River State House of Assembly to perform its constitutional functions as enshrined in section 271(1) of the constitution by confirming Hon Justice Akon Ikpeme tomorrow, 28th February 2020 as the substantive Chief Judge of Cross River State without further delay in order to avoid constitutional crisis.



Sign:
Comrade Kingsley Ikpeme
Chairman

Barr. E. E. Esu
  Secretary.

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