Fifteen former members of the Enugu State House of Assembly have opposed the confirmation of Justice Ngozi Emehelu as the new chief judge of the state.
Justice Emehelu was sworn in as acting chief judge following the removal of the former holder of the office, Innocent Umezulike by the National Judicial Commission, NJC, about a month ago. Those opposed to her becoming the substantive Chief Judge include two former Speakers, Charles Asogwa and Kenneth Ogbozor respectively, as well as Uchenna Ekete, Chijoke Aroh, Foster Agu, Fraben Agwu and Uchenna Anya.
Others also include: Jonathan Chukwuma, Calistus Nnamani, Oguejiofor Ndu, Ethel Obayi, Uche Nomeh, Orji Okpara, Nwabueze Ugwu and Hyacinth Nsude. However, speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Enugu, one of the former Speakers, Hon Ogbozor said that Justice Emehelu presided over the matter that gave judgment in favour of the eight minority legislators. He added that the Appeal Court sitting in Enugu upturned the judgment. “We did not benefit from the Appeal Court ruling as the state government never obeyed our legislative decisions until the end of the administration.”
According to Ogbozor, “Our counsel Joe Gadzama, SAN, wrote a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC, against the obnoxious judgment but nothing came out of it and the woman is now the acting Chief Judge of Enugu state. It’s a pity.”
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