JUSTICE IS RECIPROCAL

On 14/12/2016, Court No. 4 of the Kaduna State High Court of Justice delivered a well-considered judgment voiding and nullifying the Interim Management Committees (IMCs), in whatever guise or name used, of the 23 Local Government Councils (LGCs) of the State on the grounds that they were unconstitutional and illegal.

The Court also ordered the Governor, SIECOM and others, sued as the Defendants, to conduct LGCs elections after 90 days thereof as statutorily required.

Till date, the Governor has blatantly refused to obey the judgment of the Court and the orders it made therein despite the effluxion of the said 90 days.

Although the “tenure” of the IMCs had expired on 29/03/2017 and they had been “dissolved”, the elections as ordered by the Court have not still been conducted.

As substitution for the IMCs, the Governor has now appointed Diretors in the State Civil Service as Sole Administrators of the 23 LGCs.

This is not my worry here. I believe everything has its time and season.

My worry is that on Wednesday, 10/05/2017, I was in the same Court No. 4 and I saw the Governor in the Witness Box in that same Court giving evidence in-chief in respect of a defamation suit he personally filed against a media outfit.

If the Governor appreciates the fact that the Court is his bastion and last hope to vindicate his rights and cleanse his name of any false allegation purportedly made against his person, why is he refusing to respect and obey the judgment and order of the same Court made against him?

The judgment of the Court of 14/12/2016 is of public, and not private, interest. It is a judgment that affected the entire State and the collective interest of the people therein. It is a constitutional right of the people of the State to be governed by democratically elected LGCs, not selected, appointed or imposed LGCs.

If the Governor knows the value of his personal interests and rights, then he ought to respect and protect public interest and rights, especially where such rights have been vested by the Constitution or other laws, or declared by the courts.

Infact, he should give such rights primacy. Afterall, he swore to uphold the Constitution; to govern without fear or favour; and not to allow his personal interest to conflict with his public duty.

If the Governor wants the Court to do justice to him and his person, he has a legal and moral duty to first do justice to the Court by obeying its judgments and orders.

This is reciprocity!

James KANYIP
13/05/2017.

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