Newly retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Olufunmilola Adekeye, revealed that politicians often besiege judges with mouth-watering bribe offers in order to win election petition cases in court. Adekeye, made the disclosure at the public presentation of a book, “Election Petition Practice & Procedure in Nigeria: A Practitioners Guide,” at the Federal Judicial Service Commission, FJSC, in Abuja on Wednesday.
She described election years as most challenging periods for Nigerian Judges, stressing that at times, desperate politicians, in a bid to win at all cost, even attempt reaching out to judge through their relations, friends and close associates.
According to Adekeye, “winners and losers should learn to congratulate each other after elections; that is never the case in Nigeria… Immediately after every election begins a long drawn legal battle, it is always the do-or-die-syndrome. After every election, there must be litany of petitions… Politicians have developed the knack for using election petition periods as time to malign judges, batter them or say all sorts of things against them in the media.”
She then admonished judges across the federation to always heed to the oath of office they swore to uphold, “That notwithstanding, I encourage judges to always stand on the path of truth, play your own role according to the oath of office you swore to uphold. Don’t let them discourage you. The truth is that no judge will go to any politician to seek for bribe; it is these same politicians that will start looking for the judges all over the place, through relations, friends and close associates.”