Opposition questions independence of judiciary

Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa

Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa

By AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged undue interference from the Office of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, in the activities of various election petition tribunals and other judicial cases to sway them against the party.

These have allegedly been swayed in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said such moves were unacceptable and detracted from the sanctity of the judiciary.

“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,” said Metuh.

“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,” Metuh said.

They party reiterated their call on the Chief Justice of the Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to guard the independence of the judiciary which he heads and ensure that any activity that tended to undermine the sanctity of this arm of government is stiffly resisted in the interest of democracy.

“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,” Metuh added.

Comment could not be obtained from judicial authorities.

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