By: Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja – Constitutional Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome has hailed the judgment of the Supreme Court on who qualifies to be the authentic leadership of the People’s Democratic Party saying the judgment has saved Nigeria’s slide into a despotic one-party state.
Ozekhome also posited that by the judgment, the judiciary, which had been the ‘whipping boy’ of our democracy, has again saved ‘Nigeria’s wobbling and imperiled democracy’.
In a statement titled ‘The Intervention of the Supreme Court in Resolving the PDP Crisis’, Chief Ozekhome said, “The apex court of Nigeria in its unanimous judgment today (Wednesday) did two refreshingly invigorating things.
“First, it saved Nigeria’s destructive and annihilating slide into an autocratic and despotic one-party state, where absolutism and lack of opposition were already rearing their monstrous visages.
“Secondly, it saved, unarguably, the most potent opposition, the PDP, from self -destruct and internally generated volcanic eruption”.
Continuing Ozekhome said, “There is no doubt that the Ahmed Makarfi and Modu Sheriff Factions were apples and oranges, when compared on an imaginary scale of geniuness.
“One was Japanese, the other, Taiwanese, in terms of originality and imitation.
“While the Makarfi faction appeared to have been fighting for the survival and wellness of the heart and soul of the vertically and horizontally fractured party, which once imperiously boasted of ruling Nigeria for over 60 years in a stupor state of power inebriation, Modu Sheriff and his faction were bent on destroying it completely.
“It must have made the ruling APC green with envy in terms of the Sheriff’s huge capacity to exert maximum damage to PDP’s corporate existence.
“Have you ever seen a supposed opposition party fraternizing with and eulogizing the ruling party on every step taken, never criticizing it, yet tongue lashing its own party?
Have you ever seen where a warring faction became allergic to a settlement that would raise its party up from its nadir of doldrums?
“Once again, the judiciary, the whipping ‘boy’ of our democracy, has risen to the challenge of saving Nigeria’s wobbling and imperiled democracy.
“A virile opposition constitutes the heart and soul of democracy. The alternative is dictatorship. God bless Nigeria.”