Chris Steven, Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Court of Appeal against undue interference in the election tribunals.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh warned that such interference is unacceptable and negate the
sanctity of the judiciary.
The party drew the attention of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to reports of undue interferences, emanating from her office, in the activities of various election petition tribunals and other judicial cases, ostensibly to sway them against the PDP and in favor of the APC.
“While we would not want to believe that the President of the Court of Appeal is so involved, given the sensitivity of her office, we wish to
caution in very strong terms, that such is completely unacceptable as it
principally detracts from the sanctity of the judiciary as the citadel of justice and erode the trust reposed on it by the people.
“We expect the President of the Court of Appeal to understand that an
impartial judiciary is critical to the survival of our democracy and the stability of this nation. In this regard therefore, we urge her to ensure that there is no further interference in electoral matters in tribunals and courts, as they must be allowed to run through the full course of justice.
“Furthermore, we wish to reiterate our earlier call on the Chief Justice of the Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed to guide jealously the independence of the judiciary, which he heads, and ensure that any activity that tends to undermine the sanctity of this arm of government is stiffly resisted in the interest of democracy.
“In any case, the PDP restates that it will continue to closely monitor proceedings in various tribunals and other judicial cases, and will use
every means within the ambit of the law to ensure that nobody, no matter
how highly placed, interferes in judicial matters, especially political cases,” it said.