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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
President Jonathan Ignored Salami, Extends Acting PCA's Tenure
There were strong indications on Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan had renewed the appointment of Justice Dalhatu Adamu as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal.Adamu has served three consecutive three-month terms as the acting PCA head.A Senate Committee chairman confirmed the development.The senator said Jonathan's action was in line with constitutional provisions."I can confirm to you that the President has renewed his appointment and there is nothing wrong with that."Though Adamu's tenure as acting President of the court ended on Monday, the President has asked him to remain in office."The senator said the President's action must have been based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council."The law does not require the President to make such appointment in an acting capacity with recourse to the NJC or Senate," he said.Section 238(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides for a single term of three months in acting capacity as PCA, while also giving the NJC the powers to limitlessly extend the acting tenure. While there was no formal confirmation of the renewal of the appointment by the President, a source at the Presidency, who craved anonymity, confirmed that Jonathan had renewed Adamu's appointment.