By Ise-Oluwa Ige
Lagos- based member of the inner bar, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN) yesterday applauded the verdict of the Court of Appeal which truncated the ambition of Dr Andy Uba to become governor of Anambra State from March 17, 2010.
According to him, the position of the court served the justice of the case.
His exact words:â€œ The ruling of the Court of Appeal rejecting Andy Ubaâ€™s â€˜governor-in-waitingâ€™ application has saved the Nigerian judiciary from shame, opprobrium and contempt. A contrary decision would not only have set a dangerous precedent but would have been the last straw to break its back in terms of erosion of peopleâ€™s confidence in our courts.
â€œAs Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu_Ojukwu rightly pointed out, a contrary decision would have sparked a very serious constitutional crisis, the dimension of which nobody can predict.
â€œThe application by Uba ordinarily should have been summarily dismissed via a Bench ruling with a serious warning to the Applicant as demonstrated by the Supreme Court in Ubaâ€™s futile attempts to get the apex court reverse itself.
â€œThat would have saved Anambra indigenes and Nigerians at large from the anxiety, tension, rumour mongering and weird speculations after the application was argued and reserved for ruling.
â€œAn application that seeks to pitch the Court of Appeal against the Supreme Court in supremacy tussle just because the Nigerian Constitution provides that decisions of Court of Appeal is final in election matters, is to say the least, a disservice to our nascent democracy.
â€œThat is the provision Uba wanted to exploit as if there is no more hierarchy of courts in our judiciary.
We thank God that the learned justices saw reason in the objections of the Respondents that the application was an abuse of court process and dismissed it. This is how it should be,â€ he added.