Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is attempting to influence the independence of the court.
The APC’s Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of the 2023 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) are contesting.
Tinubu was challenged in part because he did not win the majority of the votes cast in the FCT (Federal Capital Territory).
Tinubu’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, contended, however, that the FCT should be counted as the 37th state for voting purposes since any other interpretation would “lead to absurdity, chaos, anarchy, and alteration of the very intention of the legislature.”
On Saturday, Atiku released a statement through his media adviser Paul Ibe in which he accused the APC and Tinubu’s operatives of “ceaselessly choosing to stand in the way of justice” by threatening “catastrophic anarchy” if justice did not go their way.
The APC’s plan is straightforward: use fear and the possibility of arrest to coerce the judicial system into submission. This is a page out of the playbook that was utilised in 2019 to get rid of the CJN and install Tanko Muhammad, who was eventually accused of corruption by his fellow Supreme Court justices and resigned in disgrace.
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