Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has said that her nomination as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari will not stop her pursuit for justice at the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Taraba State
Sen. Alhassan contested the April 11 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against Ishaku Dahiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“My nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari has nothing to do with my ongoing election petition. President Buhari will not prevent me from going ahead with the case”, she pointed out.
On corruption in the judiciary, Alhassan said the problem is not only about money, explaining that “When a judge exercises his discretional powers injudiciously, it is corruption”.
“When a bailiff fails to file papers on a party to litigation for favour, it is corruption. When a lawyer tells his client to plead not guilty even when he knows the client is guilty, it is corruption.
“Corruption is perpetrated by judges and lawyers in many ways. Lawyers ingratiate with judges and make friends with them. They then lobby to have their cases assigned to such judges.
“We all know that judges are also human beings capable of being influenced by their friendship with their lawyer friends”, said the minister-designate.