How APC’s heavyweights hijacked the judiciary

By Amako Nneji December 30, 2015 13:11

How APC’s heavyweights hijacked the judiciary

The body language of the Judiciary since the beginning of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has opened a new can of worms on how the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has altered the sanctity of the court system.

The latest court rulings nullifying elections of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Former Senate President, David Mark among top members of the People Democratic Party, PDP, has painted a sorry picture of the nation’s judiciary.

The Court which is the last hope of the common man has become a stooge for APC’s heavyweights and consequently rubbishing the Independence of the judiciary.

Impeccable sources had confirm to an online portal that there exists a conspiracy between the APC led Federal Government and a section of the judiciary to “capture” as much south-south states as possible to the APC fold.

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To many, this confirms the fears expressed that election petition tribunals in Nigeria have been directed to nullify the elections of all south-south states governors, which have begun with Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.

Recall that the Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, had earlier last month canvassed that it was a national security risk for the oil rich states to be controlled by the opposition PDP.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in various occasion have lamented the spurious judgments being delivered by state tribunals and court of appeals, alarming the nation and the international community of the heinous plot by the Buhari led government to reverse the victories of the PDP in Rivers, Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Taraba and Abia states.

With the controversial relocation of the election tribunals from their state of origin to Abuja without any justification and constant juggling of judicial officers and members of governorship elections tribunal in PDP states among others are indeed ample evidences that the APC led government is manipulating the Judiciary as alleged by Nigerians.

Earlier, there was an allegation that the Justices handling some of the election petition were seen with a former Governor of Rivers state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

“The former’s visit a fortnight ago was however treated with levity by us. Only recently again, on December 10, 2015 at 10.a.m presiding judge, this time was with other members of the panel; at same former governor’s residence in Asokoro,’’ a PDP statement alleged.

The demands made to the Court of Appeal President, Zainab Bulkachuwa, to disband the panel hearing appeals in respect of National and State Assemblies’ elections fell on deaf ears.

In another development, judicial sources confirmed that forces from the Presidency had compelled the President of the Court of appeal to arrest the judgment in the case filed by Senate President, Bukola Saraki challenging his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal due to non compliance with the provision of the law.

Recall that on that day judgement was to be delivered, the Judges failed to show up to brief various counsel in chamber but only asked a court clerk to announce that the judgment had been postponed.

Rotimi Jacob SAN and other government lawyers did not also turn up at all, leaving many to assume that they had foreknowledge of the way the events eventually turned out.

Top placed sources in the judiciary confirmed that Justice Bulkachuwa is under extreme pressure not to allow any development that will jeopardize the plan to convict Saraki by all means at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

Lending voice to this awkward situation, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodeke Fayose disclosed that the seeming collaboration between the APC and a section of the judiciary was worrisome and portends grave danger to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“This is worse than corruption that the president claimed to be fighting,” Fayose had said.

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