By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€”Â FOLLOWING the sudden death of the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Michael Edokpaiyi, last Tuesday, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Thursday, appointed Justice Cromwell Idahosa as acting Chief Judge of the state.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Tony Iyare, the governor explained that the appointment was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 271 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He urged the acting Chief Judge to defend and uphold the constitution as well as the honour and integrity of the judiciary.
In another development, the State Executive Council has postponed Edo Festival of Art and Culture, dubbed â€œEDOFESTâ€ till next year.
According to a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orienta-tion, Mr Abdul Oroh, the postponement is due to unforeseen exigencies.
Vanguard learnt that the postponement may be connected to the resignation of the Commissioner for Arts and Culture, Mr Akhare.
Governor Oshiomhole, in another statement, congratulated the Super Eagles Coach, Shauibu Amodu, for qualifying the nation for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
According to him, â€œ I am proud of your accomplishments and track record in coaching the national team and believe that the future of Nigerian soccer lies in indigenous coaches like youâ€.
He urged him to go back to the drawing board to firm up a strong support strategy to guide the Super Eagles to the 2010 World Cup campaign.
He added that â€œ this time around, we must aim to win and not just be contented with mere participationâ€.