Kogi: Capt Wada sworn-in
On January 28, 2012
In Kogi, after a major confusion over who should be sworn-in as replacement for Governor Ibrahim Idris, Capt Idris Wada was yesterday sworn-in as governor.
Following the judgment, a crowd gathered at the Government House, and the exco chamber was packed with officials and journalists waiting for the chief judge to swear in Mr. Idris’ successor.
Based on previous ruling by a Federal High Court, elongating the tenures of the sacked state governors, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted election to fill the Kogi governorship seat on December 3, 2011 where Capt Idris Wada was elected.
For several hours, Idris Wada, and the speaker of the House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bello, were in the Kogi Government House, each angling to be sworn in as governor and acting governor respectively.
The chief judge hesitated, waiting for clearance from the Supreme Court as opposition members argued that the governor-elect, was not fit to be sworn in since the ruling had quashed the foundation of his elections.
However, Wada was later sworn-in.