The South-East All Progressives Congress (APC) Integrity Group on Tuesday said the country sovereignty was in danger with frivolous requests for review of Supreme Court judgments
The group, in a statement signed by the Convener, Dr. Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, said since the case of Hope Uzodinma (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha (PDP) in which the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled in favour of Hope Uzodinma by declaring him winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, things had been falling apart at the Supreme Court – with obviously procured local and foreign pressures mounted on the Supreme Court to review that judgment
“When lawyers and their clients win in court, they hail the judgment; when they lose, they wail. If the judgment is at a lower court, the losers and wailers often appeal, and it is their right to do so.
“But when the loss is at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the last bus-stop for litigation in Nigeria, until now, the losers went home quietly and lived with the implications of their loss.
“Now, since the case of Hope Uzodinma (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha (PDP) in which the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled in favour of Hope Uzodinma by declaring him winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, things are falling apart at the Supreme Court – with obviously procured local and foreign pressures mounted on the Supreme Court to review that judgment,” Jideofo-Ogbuagu said.
Jideofo-Ogbuagu added that almost immediately following the Imo State case, the Bayelsa State case happened in which the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Duoye Bidi (PDP) against David Lyon (APC).
“Starting with the National Chairman of APC vowing on Thursday, 13th February 2020 that no one would be sworn in as governor in Bayelsa State the next day (Friday, 14th February 2020, the day that Seriake Dickson’s successor must be sworn in to avert a constitutional crisis), in defiance of Supreme Court ruling, APC would request for review of the Supreme Court ruling after PDP’s Duoye Bidi and his deputy had become sworn in on 14th February 2020,” Jideofo-Ogbuagu said.
He said more shockingly, clearly hired miscreants went to the residence of one of the five Supreme Court justices – Justice Mary Odili – to protest in the week beginning 17th February 2020, even as he described the development as unprecedented in the judicial history of Nigeria.
He continued: “Thereafter, all hell has broken lose at and around the Supreme Court with everyone who has ever lost at the Supreme Court calling for review of the Court’s ruling.
“Rabiu Kwankwaso (PDP) called for review of the Supreme Court ruling in the 2019 Kano State governorship matter, won by Ganduje of the APC; Zamfara State APC called for review of the Supreme Court ruling that cost the party all elective positions in the 2019 general elections, in favour of the PDP; Atiku Abubakar (PDP) called for review of the Supreme Court decision that gave 2019 presidential election victory to Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.”
Jideofo-Ogbuagu said it now appeared like “tit-for-tat” pointing out that Nigerian politicians and their lawyers were – since 2019 general electoral matters – pulling down the sanctity and sacredness of Nigeria’s Supreme Court, supported by foreign mercenaries who would not dare question decisions of the apex court in their own countries, not even in other countries they consider ‘serious’.
He said selfish Nigerians were happy to ally with foreigners to tear down the judicial fabric of Nigeria, a development that virtually and practically threatened not just peace and order of Nigeria but also its sovereignty.
According to him, “The Nigerian politicians and lawyers responsible for the current orchestrated attacks and pressures on Nigeria’s Supreme Court must pull back from their course of selfishness and thoughtlessness by themselves. Otherwise, the Supreme Court should teach them the Imo, Bayelsa, Zamfara, Rivers and Aso Rock lessons at greater pains to their smug and overbloated egos.”
Jideofo-Ogbuagu said the Supreme Court owed it to Nigeria and Nigerians to discourage frivolous requests for review of its decisions.
“Leave Imo, Bayelsa, Zamfara, Rivers, Ekiti, Osun, Aso Rock alone and there should be no question of the Supreme Court’s integrity being compromised by its reversing itself on any of its decided cases to please any local or foreign interests.
“The emerging mockery of the judiciary, democracy and sovereignty of Nigeria must be stopped in its track now,” he said.