Wike pledges to uphold rule of law in appointment of Acting Chief Judge

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom  Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration  will continue  to  uphold the  rule of law in the appointment  of  Acting Chief Judge  of  the  State, noting that the state judiciary  will never be dragged into  unnecessary  crisis  under his leadership. 
Speaking  during  the special  valedictory  court  session for the retiring Rivers State Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha in Port Harcourt  on Thursday,  Governor  Wike said that succession in the Rivers State Judiciary  will only follow  due process. 
He said that those who expected  him to go the way of the immediate  past  governor who destroyed  the judiciary  for personal  reasons,  were disappointed  as he remained  steadfast  in upholding  the  law.
According  to  him: “Never again  will the  state courts be closed as a result  of  avoidable crisis of succession. Like I pledged,  I will always respect due process  in the appointment  of  the Acting Chief Judge”. 
Governor Wike  commended the  retiring  Rivers State Chief Judge for her uprightness,  saying that Justice  Daisy  Wotube Okocha has uplifted the State Judiciary  in her short stay in  office. 
While praying  God to continue  to  bless her in her future  endeavours,  Governor  Wike  said:”her elevation  as the first Chief Judge  of the State process that nobody  can play God”.
In his remarks,  Rivers State Attorney General, Emmanuel  Aguma, SAN, said that the emergence  of  Justice  Daisy  Wotube Okocha as the Chief Judge  of the  State  is a victory for the rule of law.
Speaking on behalf of the Body of Senior  Advocates of Nigeria in Rivers State, Chief Moses Wifa, SAN, praised Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha for her exemplary  conduct on the bench.
Also speaking, Chairman  of  the  Nigerian Bar Association,  Port Harcourt Branch, Mr Denis Okwakpam said that the retiring  Chief Judge was an impartial arbiter who always upheld the constitution. 
Acting President  of  the  Rivers State Customary  Court of Appeal, Justice Christy Gabriel-Nwankwo said that members of  the  bench would  continue  to  count  on the advice of  Justice Okocha. 
Responding,  retiring  Rivers State Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha commended Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his respect for the constitution.
She said that in her short  stay  in  office,  she was able to improve the State Judiciary. 
Earlier,  Governor Wike  attended a valedictory church service  held in honour  of  the  retiring  Rivers State Chief Judge at Saint  Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt on Thursday. 


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