Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has warned judicial officials to be aware of politicians who would use pointless court injunctions to hinder the success of the elections ahead of the general elections in 2023.
Abiodun spoke on Monday at the Special Church Service to commemorate the 2022–2023 Legal Year at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, according to a statement by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin.
Abiodun said that during electioneering seasons, politicians do use court proceedings for their own self-serving purposes. He urged the judiciary to prevent politicians from damaging that branch of government’s reputation.
Warning the judiciary to prepare for a flood of injunction requests, the governor expressed his confidence in the bench’s ability to distinguish between impartiality and the schemes of self-centered politicians trying to sabotage the success of the elections.
“Therefore, I admonish you to be wary of entertaining frivolous injunctions from the political class, in particular, as we move towards the 2023 general elections,” Abiodun charged.
He further admonished legal practitioners to recognise that in a fledgling democracy, they must continue to be a strong pillar for the survival of democratic principles and preserve the rights of the people.
At the same time, he urged them to act as the balancing scale between the Executive and the Legislative Arms of government in the State.