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Ekiti PDP lawmakers condemn AC over comment on tribunal

Gbenga Ariyibi
The 13 lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have warned the opposition Action Congress (AC) not to denigrate the judiciary, saying the consistent condemnation of the Justice Hamma Barka-led judgement of the tribunal on the 2009 governorship election in the state may make the people lose confidence in the nation’s judicial system.

Speaking during a press briefing in Ado Ekiti weekend, the Leader of government Business, Mr Lai Oke who spoke on behalf of others said it has become the stock in trade for members of the opposition to condemn the nation’s judiciary whenever judgement was not in their favour and hailed the judiciary each time justice has come on their way.

The lawmakers noted that the PDP had lost many cases even cases that ought to be on the side of the party that they had never said a word that would ridicule the nation’s judiciary because of that.

“It should be placed on record that at no time did our party, the  PDP castigate the judiciary or any institution of the country, even when there were more than enough reasons to believe that the party was not treated fairly.

“This we have done to demonstrate our total and unalloyed commitment to the rule of law and respect for the sanctity of the judiciary in particular and other institutions of our great nation in general.”

The lawmakers therefore used the forum to call on the National Judicial Council (NJC), the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President of the Court of Appeal to constitute a panel of respected jurists to carry out a holistic review of all cases at the tribunal and Appeal arising from elections in 2007 and 2009 in the state.


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