By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”THE Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has faulted the swearing-in of the new Chief Justice of the Federation by the outgoing Chief Justice, insisting that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan was the proper person to have performed the swearing-in.
Dismissing the explanation by Vice President Jonathan over the matter, the group, led by Comrade Oghenejabor Ikimi,Â in a statement, said, â€œthe attention of CDHR, Delta state chapter, has been drawn to the recent swearing in of the incoming CJN, Justice Aloysius Kastina-Alu by the outgoing CJN, Justice Idris Kutigi .
â€œWeÂ state that it is an illegality and a fundamental breach of the 1999 Constitution. We submit that the interpretation of the 1999 Constitution, the office of the president includes the office of the vice president, such that in the absence of the president, the vice president can act on behalf of the president.â€
â€œWe opine that the fit and proper person to perform the role constitutionally is the Vice President as an incumbent CJN cannot swear in another CJN while in office as such an action is void and of no effect since we cannot have two CJN at the same time as above action had impliedâ€.
The statement calledÂ on the Executive arm to always respect the Constitution â€œin the interest of peace and our fledgling democracyâ€