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Nigeria's Supreme Court removes governors of Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi, Adamawa & Sokoto state
| January 27, 2012
Governors of five states in Nigeria, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi, Adamawa and Sokoto, have been ordered by Nigeria's Supreme Court to step down immediately. In a ruling, the Supreme Court said that the five state governors have to step down from office because their tenures should have expired last year. They are to be replaced immediately with the Speakers of the House of Assembly in each state. The governors of Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Kogi, Adamawa and Sokoto were all elected into office in May 2007 but their initial four-year tenures were terminated by election tribunals because of "irregularities", and in 2008 new elections were held and they all won again. In 2011, they argued that their four-year term did not begin until the second elections in 2008, and so it would end in 2012 instead of May 29, 2011. In 2011, an Abuja Federal High Court agreed with them, and this was upheld by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, but it was challenged at the Supreme Court by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Today, the Supreme court in a unanimous decision said, "To allow the governors seeking tenure elongation will allow a culture of impunity in the system. Their tenure started from the day their first oath of office was administered ... no person can remain in office more than the four years provided for by the constitution." A post on Cross Rivers State governor, Liyel Imoke's facebook page says " âThis morning the Supreme Court delivered judgment with respect to the first tenure of this administration holding that the tenure ended on the 27th of May 2011. In compliance with the judgment I have vacated office as Governor and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly has been sworn in as acting Governor. The Independent Electoral Commission shall, following the provisions of the law, conduct elections for the office of governor.â

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Amadi Michael Chigonum    Port Harcourt, Nigeria    January 27, 2012
Imoke, 10x 4 respecting Constituted Authority
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