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PDP condemns judiciary strike in Rivers

02 July 2014, 08:36Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) accused judiciary workers in the Rivers State of engaging in strikes to frustrate directives by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

Workers are protesting against the ruling that the most Senior High Court Judge in the state should assume the responsibility of assigning cases and other administrative matters pending the resolution of an impasse.

The state chapter said Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union, George Sokari, was only being used by Governor Chibuike Amaechi as a "willing tool" in the impasse.

According to the PDP, there had been more serious issues of judicial importance in the past that required the intervention of the state leadership of the judiciary workers including the stoppage of their salaries yet neither Sokari nor the workers complained or embarked on any strike.

"To make it look like this is not the motive, the JUSUN leadership led by George Sokari cashed in on the fire incident at the Ahoada High Court to allege insecurity as reason for the needless strike," the PDP noted.

“But the truth of the matter is that Sokari was paid handsomely by Amaechi unknown to his fellow workers to the tune of millions of Naira to hold the courts to ransom so that the NJC’s instructions will remain unimplementable,” the PDP remarked.

To further hoodwink the unsuspecting public, the PDP added that Sokari was surreptitiously going about to arouse emotions on the sorry condition of hundreds of Nigerians languishing in detention and awaiting  trial in order to be absolved from any blame.

The PDP says it wished to warn Sokari, a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, and his cohorts to keep to the civil service code he had sworn to uphold and defend and keep away from partisan politics or be prepared to accept the responsibility of the consequences of his alleged unethical conduct.

"Notwithstanding, the party insists, the right thing must be done to ensure that justice thrives and remains that which renders to everyone that which is his due," stated PDP.

- CAJ News

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