Idris Wada, who was sworn in as governor Friday afternoon by the President of the state Customary Court of Appeal, has been chased off his throne by federal authorities implementing the directives of the Attorney General of the federation.
Mr. Wada and his running mate, Yomi Awoniyi, had briefly laid claims to the governorship of the state on Friday after they took oath of office, administered by the customary court president, Ibrahim Shuaibu, in what is clearly unprecendented in Nigeria.
Justice Shuaibu was called in by the former governor, Ibrahim Idris, to administer the oath on the duo after the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru Ajana, declined.
Justice Ajana walked out of the Government House shortly before midday, ignoring pressure on him to administer oaths on Mr. Wada. He sought time to study the judgment and get further clearance from the Supreme Court.
Based on the oath administered on him by the customary court president , Mr. Wada paraded himself as governor, and even summoning a meeting of the state security council.
The state chief Judge, after studying the Supreme Court ruling, administered oath of office on Abdullahi Bello, speaker of the state’s House of Assembly in the Assembly complex.
The state security apparatus, acting on the orders of the attorney general of the federation, detailed security officials to the acting governor.
Mr. Bello subsequently took over the state machinery by dusk. Most of the security officers detailed to the former governor were withdrawn leaving Mr. Wada with one option – exit.
Mr. Wada and his running mate left left the government house at dusk before the acting governor took a brief tour of the facility. A source close to him said Mr. Wada became afraid he might be arrested by the police for ursurping the office of governor through unconstitutional means.
Addressing reporters at his residence, Mr. Bello, the acting governor, promised to be a good leader while his short stay lasts.
Debate over how the speaker will be succeeded has begun.
Based on previous ruling by a Federal High Court, elongating the tenures of the five sacked state governors, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted election to fill the Kogi governorship seat expected vacant by April 1.
Mr. Wada was elected December 3, 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to fill that position when vacant. Under that arrangement, Mr. Wada would have taken office in March.
Members of the party say they look forward to Mr. Wada being sworn in at a later date.
But opposition members argue differently. The believe the former pilot is no longer fit to be sworn in since the ruling had quashed the basis for his election.