Lagos - Lagos-based constitutional lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, has said that the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, has no powers to direct the Bayelsa State Chief Judge, Kate Abiri, to administer oaths to Rivers State Governor-elect, Nyesom Wike, Premium Times reports.
In a statement Wednesday, Ogunye said the administration of oaths is the exclusive reserve of the judiciary and cannot be directed by the executive arm of the government.
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He noted that any attempt by Adoke to command a chief judge of a contiguous state or of any state in the Federation to swear in Wike would tantamount to meddlesomeness in the affairs of Rivers State.
Adoke, in a statement on Tuesday, directed Justice Abiri, to administer the oath of office on Wike because of the vacuum in the office of the Chief Judge and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal in Rivers State.
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