Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Reactions as C'River 9th Assembly Confirms Appointment of President, Customary Court Of Appeal.



Ukorebi Esien |15th June 2022




There have been mixed reactions as the Cross River State House of Assembly was reported to have confirmed the appointment 
of Hon. Justice Sampson Mbeh Anjor as the president, Customary Court of Appeal, Cross River State.


According to the report issued by the media team of the State House of Assembly,  Hon. Justice Sampson Mbeh Anjor was granted consequential confirmation by the Legislature after deliberating on a letter from the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) which requested it to confirm the appointment of the nominee in line with section 281 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.


The report written by Itam Offor read in full;
"The State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Hon. Justice Sampson Mbeh Anjor as the president, Customary Court of Appeal, Cross River State.

The consequential confirmation was granted after the House deliberated on a letter from the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) which requested it to confirm the appointment of the nominee in line with section 281 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

Members, in their separate contributions noted that Hon. Justice Anjor has served the State meritoriously adding that he also has credible credentials which qualify him to be appointed as the president of the customary court of Appeal and voted unanimously for his confirmation.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams congratulated Justice Anjor on the confirmation. He expressed confidence that Anjor will discharge the responsibilities of the new office with integrity and commitment."

But members of the public especially those of the opposition People's Democratic Party are questioning the credibility of the approval, based on the fact that about 18 out of 25 of the state legislators are currently facing trail in court on issues centered their recent defection to the All Progressives Congress. 

Recall that sometime last year about 18 of the lawmakers followed governor Ben Ayade to decamp from the People's Democratic Party to the ruling APC. This action was later challenged in court where the court found them guilty of breaching the law and declared their seats vacant.

Consequently, the 18 affected lawmakers appealed the judgment with an affidavit denying their membership of the APC stating that they were still members of the PDP.

But shortly after their appeal, which the judge is yet to deliver judgement, the 18 affected lawmakers were seen contesting primary elections under a party who's membership they had denied. 

It is on record that for more 365 days, the doors of the legislative chambers have been under lock and key as the lawmakers haven't held a single sitting since last year. 

The recently constituted Election Umpire, CROSIEC to oversee the state Local Government Election slated for next year have not been sworn in by the legislature for the same reason, thus grounding activities of the commission.

Cross Riverians are therefore wondering the magic behind the confirmation of the Chief Justice appointment.


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