The Chief Judge of Anambra State, Honourable Justice Peter Umeadi has recused himself from further hearing of the suit filed by the plaintiff, Lawrence C. Nnoli against the Governor of Anambra state, Mr. Williie Obiano, the Anambra state government, the Anambra state attorney general and the Anambra state head of service.
The Chief Judge’s recusal was coming on the heels of the letter written by the plaintiff to him asking him to recuse himself from further hearing of the matter and transfer the case to another judge.
It would be recalled that upon the filing of the case by the plaintiff at the Anambra State High Court in August 2017, same was assigned by the Chief Judge to himself for adjudication. However, after assigning the case to himself, the Chief Judge sat only once out of the seven times the case came up before him for hearing.
Feeling frustrated, the plaintiff wrote a letter to the Chief Judge on the 26th of April 2018 asking him to withdraw himself from further adjudication of the matter and assign the case to another judge.
The case of the plaintiff against the defendants was that the defendants’ action in passing a circular few months prior to the 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state directing and mandating all public servants in Anambra state to submit their voters card to the representatives of the defendants is illegal and contravenes Sections 1,4 and Item 22, Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) most especially when the governor was seeking re-election and was an aspirant and candidate in that election.
The plaintiff further stated in his originating court processes that the defendants’ threat of non-payment of salary to any recalcitrant public servant who fails to submit his/her voter card to the defendants is an infraction of section 131 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended and also Article 13 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 2004
The case has now been transferred to Honourable Justice O.A Nwabunike of Court 5, Awka Judicial Division of Anambra State High Court and who has adjourned same to 30th October, 2018 for mention.