By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, in the Southwest has alleged that some judges in the country were actively involved in the activities of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
This, the party warned, portended a grave danger and imminent collapse for our judicial system.
The party, through its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kayode Babade, said it was shocked to read in some newspapers that the choice of Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of ACN was the handiwork of a suspended President of the Court of Appeal.
He said: “We have said it several times that Akeredolu is going to be compensated by ACN, being the party’s hatchet man at the National Judicial Council,NJC, and it must beat the imagination of sane minds how a governorship aspirant of a political party will remain as member of NJC.
“It should be recalled that Akeredolu attended the NJC meeting in which the recommendation reinstating Justice Salami was made, and he (Akeredolu) was among the 11 NJC members who voted in support of the reinstatement.
“Therefore, with the involvement of judges, including Justice Salami in the reported emergence of Akeredolu, we can then assume that the judicial rigging of the forthcoming Ondo State gubernatorial election has started.
“The question lovers of democracy in Nigeria must now begin to ask is what will happen to litigation arising from the election?
“Isn’t it a fait accompli that ACN would again be awarded judicial victory should the party lose the election? And, if ACN wins, it means that any party that goes to the tribunal to challenge the election result will just be wasting its time because the judges will definitely not annul the election of its candidate.
“Again, what evidence do we need to proof that the Appeal Court judgments that enthroned ACN in Ekiti and Osun states were products of Justice Salami’s convivial relationship with ACN and its leader, Bola Tinubu,” the party alleged.