The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has berated the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, for attempting to undermine the sacred institution of the judiciary by alleging that President Goodluck Jonathan is going to influence the Supreme Court judgment on a pending case challenging his (Okorocha) emergence as governor.
The ruling party said the allegation was part of the governor’s strategy to whip up sentiments and blackmail the judiciary into believing that he is a victim of a political attack.
The party slammed Gov. Okorocha for attempting to divert attention from the substance of the Supreme Court case slated for October 31, 2013.
The apex court will rule on the case challenging Okorocha’s mandate as governor.
Okorocha had reportedly accused President Jonathan of planning to influence the judgment of the Supreme Court on the suit challenging his emergence as governor, which has been slated for Thursday.
PDP, which made its position known in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said Okorocha had always been wary of the fact that justice would prevail against him for allegedly stealing the peoples’ mandate in 2011, hence his latest resort to blackmail and attacks on the Judiciary and the Presidency ahead of the apex court’s ruling on the case.
“This governor has been living in morbid fear of having justice prevailing against him at the Supreme Court for stealing the mandate of the people in 2011,” the party said in a statement.
“As such, he now seeks to use the instrumentality of blackmail and political subterfuge to divert the attention of the Supreme Court from the substance of the case against him ahead of the apex court’s ruling on October 31, 2013.
“It is to say the least, despicable that a state governor who swore to defend the constitution, will in a desperate bid to retain a stolen mandate, condescend so low to attempt to hoodwink and undermine the sacred institution of the Judiciary, even the Supreme Court.”
The ruling party said while it remains steadfast in its belief in the impartiality of the judiciary, it was calling on this institution to note the activities of such undemocratic elements, who attempt to use every means to undermine and derail it.
“Moreover, the APC is aware that it will lose the 2015 general elections and even the governorship of states presently under its control. As such, it is now using the Imo state governor’s attempt to blackmail the Judiciary a test for a bigger plot to weaken this institution ahead of 2015,” the party said.