BY SAMSON ACHOM in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the mass defections at the National Assembly show the direction the country is headed in 2019.
He said the defections from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) indicate that democracy is now taking shape in the country.
Wike spoke in Port Harcourt on Tuesday during the celebration of 40 years of Legal Practice of former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Hon. Onueze Okocha (SAN), popularly called OCJ Okocha, by Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers Worldwide) and the Inaugural Okpo Club Awards.
He said: “Democracy is taking shape in Nigeria. I hope you are aware that the PDP has taken over the Senate. We are like going to take over at the House of Representatives “.
Wike described the day as a happy day, saying all Nigerians must continue to work towards a development-oriented Government next year.
On the Celebration of Okocha, the governor said he deserves the honour of the people.
He said: “This is 40 years of successful law practice. I commend Chief OCJ Okocha for mentoring young lawyers to be worthy legal practitioners “.
Chief Moses Wifa (SAN) said that Okocha deserves the honour because he is a bridge between old and young lawyers.
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, also said Okocha is a living icon who has contributed to the development of the state.
In his remarks, Okocha said he would remain committed to the promotion of access to justice and the rule of law.
He assured the people that he would continue to join other lawyers and members of the bench to enhance the Independence of the Judiciary.
A book titled: ‘Opening and Enriching the channels of Justice in the Nigerian Society”, written in honour of Okocha was launched at the occasion.
The Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo, Prof Enefiok Essien, reviewed the book, an event that attracted seasoned legal practitioners, politicians, traditional rulers and top government officials.
Highpoint of the occasion was the honouring of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike with the Dr Obi Wali Prize for leadership by the Okpo Club of Nigeria.
Other prominent awardees include: Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili, Chief OCJ Okocha and Comedian, Julius Agwu.