By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN— THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, weekend, urged judicial officers in the state to stay away from the politics of the state in order not to rubbish the judicial arm of government.
The state chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, who declared this in a rally at Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Council of the state, when over one thousand members of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, defected to the party, faulted a recent visit of the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cromwell Idahosa and other judges in the state judicial council to Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He said the comments of the Chief Judge during the visit were “political”, and therefore the party in the state would resist any attempt to drag the judiciary in the state into politics.
The Chief Judge had last week paid a courtesy visit to the governor to invite him to the opening ceremony of the 2010/2011 Legal Year. The Chief Judge was quoted to have said that “on behalf of all the judges of the Edo State Judiciary, I thank God for your life and the courage and uncommon sagacity you have brought to bear on the art of governance in Edo state.”
But reacting, Chief Orbih asserted that he “was amazed and astonished to listen to the news few day ago when the Chief Judge of the state paid a visit to the governor and made such remarks.We respect the dignity of the judiciary but we are not going to fold our hands when we see judicial officials come to public arena to make political statements. Let me assure you that when they come out to make such statements we in PDP will return it fire for fire.
“I want to say that the state has had great men from the judiciary like Justice Akpata, Constance Momoh, and a host of others we pray that God will continue to give us men of courage in Edo State judiciary in the interest of peace.”