Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, on Tuesday commended the refusal of the Chief Judge of Imo State to swear in the deputy governor-designate, Calistus Ekenze, on account of a court order forbidding him to do so.
Ekenze was appointed deputy governor following the purported impeachment of Eze Madumere from office by the Imo State House of Assembly.
The impeachment came despite a court injunction granted by the Imo State High Court presided over by Ben Iheka, restraining the impeachment panel constituted by the Chief Judge of Imo State, Padcal Nnadi from entertaining the allegations against Madumere.
The house was therefore in contempt of the court in going ahead to pass a resolution impeaching Madumere who has been having a running battle with his principal.
The state governor, Rochas Okorocha, had immediately named Ekenza as a replacement for Madumere and directed that he be sworn in.
However, the Chief Judge turned down the directive to swear in Ekenze as deputy governor of the state as a result of the restraining order of the court forbidding him from swearing in the deputy governor-designate.
Okorocha on Tuesday indicated his willingness to abide by the court ruling.