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Election Tribunals: PDP raises alarm over ‘interferences from Court of Appeal’

Chief Olisa Metuh
Chief Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has drawn the attention of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to reports of ‘undue interferences, emanating from her office, in the activities of various election petition tribunals and other judicial cases, ostensibly to sway them against the PDP and in favour of the All Progressive Congress (APC).’

In a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, Monday, the PDP described the development as ‘unacceptable’ while stating that ‘it principally detracts from the sanctity of the judiciary as the citadel of justice and erode the trust reposed on it by the people.’

“While we would not want to believe that the President of the Court of Appeal is so involved, given the sensitivity of her office, we wish to caution in very strong terms, that such is completely unacceptable as it principally detracts from the sanctity of the judiciary as the citadel of justice and erode the trust reposed on it by the people.

“We expect the President of the Court of Appeal to understand that an impartial judiciary is critical to the survival of our democracy and the stability of this nation. In this regard therefore, we urge her to ensure that there is no further interference in electoral matters in tribunals and courts, as they must be allowed to run through the full course of justice.

“Furthermore, we wish to reiterate our earlier call on the Chief Justice of the Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed to guard jealously the independence of the judiciary which he heads, and ensure that any activity that tends to undermine the sanctity of this arm of government is stiffly resisted in the interest of democracy.

“In any case, the PDP restates that it will continue to closely monitor proceedings in various tribunals and other judicial cases, and will use every means within the ambit of the law to ensure that nobody, no matter how highly placed, interferes in judicial matters, especially political cases,” the party said.

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