The Anambra State Judiciary on Tuesday said it was not served any court injunction restraining the state chief judge from swearing-in Gov. Willie Obiano and his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke.
A statement from the state’s Chief Registrar, Mrs Nkechinyelu Ezeani, in Awka said that contrary to other opinions, the alleged court injunction was not served on the Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi.
“Knowing the chief judge, he will not evade service of any court process. He would allow access where it is to be served on him personally or received in his chambers in his absence.
“It would certainly come to his notice and he would abide with same,” Ezeani said.
She said the suit in question did not show that injunction was procured against the chief judge of the state.
“The chief judge is a nominal party in the suit. Even at that, he has been bestowed with powers and rights pursuant the Constitution of Nigeria to swear in the governor-elect and deputy governor-elect duly present.
“Those powers and rights could only be abridged by clear and unequivocal orders of a court.
“The court saw their relief for a mandatory injunction to stop the swearing-in on March 17 but did not pronounce on it and instead adjourned the matter to March 25,” she said.
The chief registrar added that from the numerous legal authorities listed in the publications, the plaintiff might still achieve the purport of his relief if he continued with his suit.