Monday, May 29, 2023

Investigate CJN London Trip To Save Judiciary – CNPP

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The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and all security agencies to investigate Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola‘s rumoured visit to the United Kingdom for medical reasons and that it was connected to a secret meeting with President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and make the findings public.

The CNPP in a statement signed by Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, said this had become necessary to preserve the integrity of the judiciary.

The CJN was rumored to have been seen on a wheelchair in London ahead of a secret meeting with Tinubu.

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The CNPP noted that both men have had their integrity questioned therefore an investigation was necessary to clear their names recalling the Spreme Court’s rulings on the presidential elections matters.

“The Supreme Court under the current leadership has given several verdicts on political litigations in recent times which put the integrity of the apex court to question before this very damaging report by an online news portal on the alleged planned meeting between the CJN and the President-elect in London.

“Allowing the matter to slide without a public inquiry will be a recipe for breach of national security in the event that the Supreme Court rulings fail to favour some parties in election litigations currently before various election petition tribunals, especially the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal under the direct jurisdiction of the CJN.

“The CNPP therefore calls on President Muhammadu Buhari, security sgencies, and all relevant stakeholders to institute open investigation into the reported planned meeting between CJN Ariwoola and President-elect Tinubu to lay to rest the controversy in the interest of justice and national security.

“This is imperative as the level of distrust, religious and tribal colourations permeating topics among supporters of different political camps in the country, especially now that the most damaging allegation on the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary became a media affair, should be taken very seriously to avoid a national catastrophy.

“It is also of national importance to ensure that the matter is openly investigated and the report made public as most Nigerian politicians and citizens who are aggrieved by the outcome of the 2023 general elections as conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, may resort to self-help in the event of perceived biases in the judicial pronouncements on the outcome by the tribunals.

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“The CNPP then urges politicians to caution their supporters on the use of ethnicity and religion as campaign tools. Ethnic profiling is dangerous to peace and unity of the country and must be stopped.

“We, therefore, call on security agencies to ensure that all persons who were involved in inciting comments before, during, and after the 2023 general elections are prosecuted to serve as deterrence to others, otherwise the individuals and groups will remain bad examples and reference cases in the near future,” the CNPP warned.


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