Online newspaper SaharaReporters, has claimed that moves to compromise the judicial arm of the government with respect to the multitude of pre-election matters arising from the turbulent primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the various stages of the federation.
Disillusioned with President Muhammadu Buhari’s democratic stance of insisting on the rights of the aggrieved aspirants to turn to the law courts, the leadership of APC, under a well-scripted arrangement to bribe the judicial officers handling the cases, has recruited the services of some notable retired judges and the current Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, to prevail on the various judges of the Federal High Court to dismiss the pre-election cases pending against the party.
While it is glaring that in most states of the Federation, the APC did not conduct free and fair primaries — anointed candidates of the party leaders were merely imposed — and having seen the judicial handwriting on the wall as shown in Zamfara, Rivers and, lately, Kwara states, the leadership of the party under the financial muscle of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has deployed all resources to compromise the outcomes of the remaining cases yet to be decided.
A disturbing reference is the decision of Justice B M Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, of December 21 in Suit No. FHC/ ABJ/CS/1167/2018 – Atinuke Balogun v. APC & INEC in which the judge delivered a most intriguing judgment striking out a case due to non-joinder of necessary parties and commencement of the suit by way of originating summons when facts were in dispute.