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Defections pointer to political direction in 2019, says Wike


CNPP condemns threats to arrest Saraki, others
The defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Senate clearly shows the direction the country was heading in 2019 and an indication that democracy was taking shape in Nigeria, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said.

He stated this yesterday during the celebration of 40 years of legal practice of former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Onueze Okocha (SAN) in Port Harcourt.

Wike described the day as a happy one, saying Nigerians should continue to work towards a development-oriented government next year.

He said Okocha’s 40 years of successful law practice was worthy of emulation and commended the legal icon for mentoring young lawyers towards becoming worthy legal practitioners.

Former Rivers State Governor, Celestine Omehia, said Okocha was a living legal icon, who had contributed immensely to the development of the state.

Responding, Okocha said he would remain committed to the cause of promoting access to justice and the rule of law and assured that he would continue to join other lawyers and members of the bench to enhance the independence of the judiciary.

The celebrator stated that he would always serve as an inspiration to others to join the legal profession.

A book titled: Opening And Enriching The Channels Of Justice In The Nigerian Society, written in his honour and reviewed by Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo, Professor Enefiok Essien, was launched at the event.

Meanwhile, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has described the frosty relationship between the legislature and executive as a huge threat to the nation’s democracy.

This followed threats of arrest and intimidation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other principal officers of the National Assembly by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police.

In a statement jointly signed by its National Chairman, Balarabe Musa and Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, the CNPP urged security agencies to stop meddling in the country’s political affairs and allow democratic forces to freely operate like other democracies of the world.

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