Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that the mass defections at the National Assembly indicate that democracy was now taking shape in the country.
Governor Wike said the defections from the All Progressive Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, showed the direction the country was headed in 2019.
He spoke, yesterday, during the celebration of 40 years of legal practice of Chief Onueze Okocha, SAN, by Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers Worldwide) and the Inaugural Okpo Club Awards.
He said: “Democracy is taking shape in Nigeria. I hope you are aware that the PDP has taken over the Senate. We are also going to take over at the House of Representatives.”
Wike described the day as a happy day, saying all Nigerians must continue to work towards a development oriented government next year.
On the celebration of Chief OCJ Okocha, Governor Wike said Okocha deserves the people’s honour.
He said: “This is 40 years of successful law practice. I commend Chief OCJ Okocha for mentoring young lawyers to be worthy legal practitioners.”
On his part, Chief Moses Wifa, SAN, said that Chief OCJ Okocha deserves the honour because he is a bridge between old and young lawyers.
Former Rivers State governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, said Chief OCJ Okocha was a living icon who has contributed to the development of the state.
In his remarks, Chief OCJ Okocha said he will remain committed to the promotion of access to justice and the rule of law.
He assured that he will continue to join other lawyers and members of the bench to enhance the independence of the judiciary.
The celebrant stated that he will always serve as an inspiration to others to joun the legal profession.
A book titled: Opening and Enriching the Channels of Justice in the Nigerian Society, written in honour of Chief OCJ Okocha was launched at the occasion. The book was reviewed by the Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo, Prof Enefiok Essien.