President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said his ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria could be effectively tackled with the strong support of the judiciary. Buhari had said “On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now”, a statement that has attracted criticisms from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The PDP said the judiciary was “as the last hope of the common man”, while calling on it to continue to assert its independence and not allow itself to be deterred from upholding justice and the rule of law, no matter the pressure. INFORMATION NIGERIA highlights in this piece what PDP makes of Buhari’s statement…
– The acting national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, who described President Muhammadu Buhari’S statement that the judiciary was the “major headache” of his administration as shocking said the statement is a direct affront on the statutorily guaranteed independence of the judiciary.
– Secondus said the fact that a President of a country had to tie back already settled judgments of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, in cases involving him, as a benchmark of his assessment of the institution of the judiciary at the moment was worrisome.
– PDP said the remarks by the president was intended to “blackmail and stampede the judiciary to deliver judgments against the PDP in various pending cases involving the party and some of its leaders in the courts.
– Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on his part said President Buhari should have simply told the whole world that he hated the Nigeria Judiciary because he lost the petitions that he filed against his electoral defeats in 2003, 2007 and 2011, instead of hiding under the fight against corruption to ventilate his anger.
– Fayose who insists there is nothing wrong with Nigeria said “in recent times, politicians like President Buhari are the ones responsible for the rot in the judiciary because of their desperation to use the courts to foist one party state on Nigerians with conflicting judgments from election tribunals.”
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