Acting CJN urged to investigate alleged partisanship by tribunal judges

Acting CJN urged to investigate alleged partisanship by tribunal judges

- An Abuja based lawyer has asked the acting chief justice of Nigeria to investigate alleged partisan tribunal judges

- The lawyer said there is growing flagrant and boisterous bragging by the PDP over securing favourable judgement in various election tribunal cases

- Joseph Ikpeme urged the CJN to investigate and bring the judges to book

The acting chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad has been urged not to toy with reports of unholy alliance between some PDP chieftains and the tribunal panelists.

An Abuja-based human rights defender made the call while speaking in his office in Abuja.

Joseph Ikpeme decried the flagrant and boisterous bragging of the PDP in securing favourable judgement in the ongoing Election Petition Tribunal across the country.

“The PDP officials boast that during its reign,  the PDP appointed more justices and going by the saying to whom much is given, much is expected, Its time for the judges to show them appreciation for the honour done them in the past,” Ikpeme said.

A Senator-elect under the PDP in a south-eastern state was quoted to have told his supporters who came to express their fears in the tribunal.

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”We were in power for 16 years and we were friendly to judges. During our reign no judge was dragged to court as is being done by this regime”.

He said the relationship which the PDP candidates have boasted is to be used to compromise the said justices to order the return of the PDP candidates or to uphold the decision of the Tribunal for reruns of all the elections.

“The suspicion of the PDP had been further reinforced by persistent claims by some leaders of the PDP, who have continued to insist that nothing will come out of the tribunal, “we have power and will do as we want.”

“We made it in Osun state, despite their victory in the polls, the Tribunal cancelled the election and declared our candidate winner.

“It has been boasted to my hearing by one of the PDP candidates that they have made payments running into 500 million naira to ensure that the result of the appeals filed in this Tribunal panels end in favour of the PDP candidates.”

“Allowing PDP have their way in the inducement, influenced peddling of justice will lead to miscarriage of justice and possibly, loss of confidence in the Corruption war of the President," he noted.

He said that as judicial watch guards it is important to ensure that as a court, the electioneering rules and guidelines are duly adhered to.

According to him, the world watches and depends on the judiciary to ensure that the rule of law is strictly complied with in the country.

Meanwhile, previously reported that a socio-political group, the South South Democratic Watch has raised concerns over the conduct of the tribunal justices in states across the region.

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The group after its bimonthly general meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, described as "unholy romance between some Niger Delta governors and members of the election petitions tribunal in respective states in the region."

The president of the group, Harry Sogbeyi, said the state governors who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met on January 13, 2019, in Port Harcourt where they formulated strategies aimed at manipulating the elections petition tribunal to their advantage. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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