Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Sunday shunned the meeting of South-South governors in Abuja, which was convened to discuss the proposed trial of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Obaseki is the only one, out of the six south-south governor, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He is also fiercely loyal to President Buhari.
The meeting, which began at about 4pm and chaired by Bayelsa State governor Seriake Dickson had in attendance Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta was absent but he reportedly sent a representative, unlike Obaseki, who neither attended nor sent a representative.
All the governors who attended belong to the Peoples Democratic party, PDP.
Mr. Crusoe Osagie, a spokesperson for Mr Obaseki, however claimed that his boss was attending a meeting in Lagos, but was silent on why he never sent a representative
Justice Onnoghen, from Cross River, has been accused of improper declaration of assets, in violation of the code of conduct law for public officers.
He has however denied all allegations against him.
Obaseki’s party, APC, in a statement Sunday afternoon backed the CJN’s scheduled arraignment, saying the Buhari administration’s fight against corruption would not tolerate sacred cows.
Nigerians have however been outraged.