The conflict between the Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji and the members of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Aba Branch has continued to deepen with the governor accusing the Aba lawyers of being unnecessarily critical of his administration.
The governor speaking in Umuahia when he played host to the of Eastern Bar Forum at the weekend claimed that the negative actions of the Aba lawyers were negatively affecting development in the state.
Orji pointedly alleged that the NBA Aba Branch have played negative roles that have led to the non appointment of a Chief Judge for Abia State. He said that the Aba lawyers have introduced unwarranted politics into issues of state, which has drawn criticisms to his administration.
According to Orji, he is stunned by the actions of the lawyers because his administration has patronized the lawyers.
He said: “We have in Abia state treated the judiciary well, harmonized the salary of Law Officers, provided them with conducive working environment and vehicles to Judges and Magistrates including appointing 50 Lawyers/members of the state NBA to preside over Mobile Courts”.
He stated: “My government is not against constructive criticisms. What I expect from the NBA is due constructive criticism with suggestions on how to move forward. My government has however not reacted with vindictiveness to the Aba NBA despite its sustained negative attitude to this government.
“The Aba NBA is partly responsible for the delay in appointing the state substantive Chief Judge because the branch took the matter to court”.
The governor urged the Eastern Bar Forum to call their Aba colleagues to order.
Mr Kamsodo Wodu, chairman of the nine states of the former Eastern Region stated that the forum is aimed at promoting the objectives of the NBA in the former region.