A file photograph of Justice Simeon Amadi.
Members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have confirmed the nomination of Justice Simeon Amadi as the brand new Chief Judge of the state.
They confirmed the brand new chief decide after Speaker of the Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, learn the letter of nomination addressed to the House by Governor Nyesom Wike, to the lawmakers current at Tuesday’s plenary held on the legislative chamber in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Governor Wike’s letter was predicated on the advice of Justice Amadi for the place by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Shortly after the speaker learn the letter, the Majority Leader of the House, Martins Ameawhule, moved a movement for Justice Amadi to take a bow and go away, noting his service from the state Magistrate Court to the High Court of the state.
Ameawhule, who represents Obio/Akpor Constituency I, defined that his proposition was primarily based on the correspondences he obtained from a few of his colleagues, testifying to the eligibility of the nominee.
The movement was seconded by the lawmaker representing Akuku-Toru Constituency II, Lolo Opuene.
Announcing the affirmation, Ibani acknowledged that each one 18 members who had been current on the plenary in a House of 32 members all voted in affirmation.
Justice Simeon Amadi is to take over from Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra who’s scheduled to bow out in May, after attaining the necessary retirement age of 65.
The nomination of Justice Amadi, a third-ranking decide within the Rivers State High Court has, nonetheless, been criticised by curiosity teams who accused Governor Wike of influencing his advice by the NJC primarily based on ethnic sentiment.
Governor Wike has, nonetheless, denied the allegation, stressing that the appointment of a substantive chief decide of a state was not performed on hierarchical order, however on standards to be thought of by the nation’s judicial physique.
He acknowledged this on Monday when a bunch of attorneys from the Ikwerre ethnic group paid him a courtesy go to on the Government House in Port Harcourt.