Wike faults APC of daunting judiciary ahead of 2023 – Nexus News

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of threatening the judiciary ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Citing the recent attack to the residence of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili, Wike stated that the Federal Government was riding a roughshod on the rule of law and the inviolability of the country’s electoral system.

He made this known yesterday at a special court session to mark the opening of the 2021/2022 Legal Year of the Rivers State judiciary held at the Chief Judge’s ceremonial court, Port Harcourt. .

Wike said: “Although it is still early morning in our democratic match towards 2023, the attack on Justice Mary Odili is a prelude to many more and even worse political maneuvering. We should be prepared to experience from the APC-led Federal Government which, having lost relevance and popular support, is becoming more and more desperate over its dwindling political fortunes by the day.

Justice Mary Odili

“While cases with political undertones, including the constitutional validity of certain sections of the recent amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act, if assented to by Mr. President, would necessarily come before our courts; what is important is the duty and capacity of our judiciary to save our democracy and the country.”

Wike noted that it was the responsibility of the government at all levels to safeguard the judiciary and help the courts to enable them protect their independence, promote the rule of law and dispense justice equally and fairly to all citizens.

He disclosed that the Federal Government had been very weak in resourcing and upholding the judiciary, but very active and readily predisposed to criticizing the entire institution and subjecting individual judges to both physical and psychological distress for its own self-interest.

The governor added: : “We all witnessed the infamous midnight raids on judicial residences and the subjection of some judges to illegal raids, arrests and detentions by agents of the Federal Government purportedly carrying out a baseless sting operation back in 2016.

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“Since then, the intimidation of judges whose judgments, intellectual or moral disposition they are not comfortable with has continued unrelenting with the latest attack on a peaceful mother, wife of a former governor and Justice of the Supreme Court, our own highly revered Hon. Justice Odili.

“It is important to emphasize that we allow these intimidations to become acceptable standards of behaviour and even become complicit in their unholy design to undermine the administration of justice when we all opt to keep quiet in the face of these assaults.”

Wike applauded the leaders of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Body of Senior Advocates, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and members of the public for promptly criticizing the assault on the judiciary.

On the plan to have more Law School campuses, the governor implored the management of the Nigerian Law School, the Council of Legal Education and the Federal Government to see the folly in the plan and nip the idea in the bud.

Wike said: “Here again, some lazy and uninformed characters have criticized our Law School development project with the unfounded and lousy allegation that it lacks budgetary provisions in our 2021 budget, even when they conceded to the propriety of the project and the optimal benefits it would attract to the state and the business community.”

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