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Tribunal: CJN warns PDP against accusing the judiciary without proofs

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to go beyond bounds in its political utterances by making allegations against the judiciary.

The CJN’s warning followed an alarm raised by the opposition party over what it termed the undue interferences by the Court of Appeal in the various cases before election petition tribunals and other judicial cases in the country.

“Somebody has to counsel Metuh to avoid treading where he has limited knowledge, because judiciary is not where one makes allegations without proofs,” he said.

A statement issued yesterday by the party’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, had alleged that the appellate court had been meddling in court cases with a view to swaying them in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP called on the Chief Justice of the Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed to guide jealously the independence of the judiciary.

Metuh had said the party wished to alert the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa of reports of undue interferences, emanating from her office, in the activities of various election petition tribunals and other judicial cases, ostensibly to sway them against the PDP and in favor of the APC.

He had said: “While we would not want to believe that the President of the Court of Appeal is so involved, given the sensitivity of her office, we wish to caution, in very strong terms, that such is completely unacceptable as it principally detracts from the sanctity of the judiciary as the citadel of justice and erode the trust reposed on it by the people,” he added.

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