- All eyes are on the Supreme Court as the presidential petition by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar heads to the apex court
- A group is however, concerned about the Supreme Court's attitude since an appeal was filed
- The group also allleged that the apex court is facing external pressure from constituted authorities
A group, Democracy Vanguard of Nigeria in Diaspora, has urged the Supreme Court to remain impartial.
The group gave the advice as the apex court is expected to begin hearing the election petition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections.
The group, however, in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, October 20 and signed by its president, Timothy Sule, decried the delay in the commencement of the process by the Supreme Court.
“Atiku and the PDP have since filed a 66 point of submission to the Supreme Court challenging the charade judgement hoisted on the presidential election petition tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba.
“The statute of limitation for Appeal at the Supreme Court is 60 days. Since the tribunal gave its judgement on 11th of September, 2019 as we speak the appeal is yet to be heard, and the expiration of the statute of limitation is on the 11th of November, 2019,” the statement noted.
The group alleged that some influential persons in the Nigerian presidency are attempting to influence Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad into “technically delaying the constitution of the 7 man justices to preside over the case.”
“There are also alternative plans to jettison the historical precedents of the courts by choosing the judges according to positioning in the court to a style of staccato nomination by determining judges who will be favorable to the whims and caprices of Mr. Buhari and the APC,” the group further alleged.
The group called on Nigerians, the international community and the African Union to ensure that the independence of the judiciary must not be tampered with.
“To do otherwise is to court anarchy and chaos,” the group warned.
Recall that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad recently promised that the apex court is ever ready to ensure effective and efficient justice delivery at all times.
According to him, justices of the Supreme Court always put in the effort by doing a critical review of all facts and evidence before giving a verdict.
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