…Urge Executive to stop hostility and ill treatment to Judiciary.
Prince Secondus was speaking against the backdrop of President Buhari’s “continued show of hostile behaviour on the nation’s judiciary as exemplified in his unwarranted and unprovoked attacks on the former Chief Justice of the Federation CJN, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen on Tuesday while hosting some Yoruba leaders at the Aso Villa”.
Prince Secondus said that the President’s “aversion on the judiciary is becoming very apparent, dangerous and antithetical to democratic norms”.
“He has continued to bemoan his past with the judiciary by displaying his unconcealed anger and unforgiving desire to take a pound of flesh on them”.
The National Chairman remarked that the motive behind the endless attacks on the Judiciary by the President especially last Tuesday’s narration of his “so called ordeal with the courts is strategically designed to cow them into submission to his undemocratic desires”.
Prince Secondus said in a statement from his media office, signed by Ike Abonyi, his S. A. on Media, released to reporters on Thursday that even among Buhari’s audience where he was lampooning the Judiciary were persons whose questionable source of wealth is not unknown yet he pretends not to be aware because it favours his political interest.
“We all know it as a fact that the motive of the President in his countless berating of the Judiciary at the slightest moment is deliberately designed to frighten them, take away their confidence and force them to submit to his wishes by intimidation.
Prince Secondus described as preposterous and highly unacceptable the “continuous ridiculing of the highly revered arm of government just because they did not dance to your selfish tune at some point”.
He then urged all lovers of democracy in the country to rise up in defence of this critical arm of government which gets bashing from an executive arm that seeks absolute power from the back door.
The PDP boss notes that the double standards apparent in the administration of President Buhari comes glaringly when he ceaselessly berates the Judiciary and turns blind eye to the monumental corruption going on in the executive arm.
He finally charged members of the Judiciary never to abdicate their responsibilities in the sustenance of democracy and refuse to be intimidated, but to insist on delivering justice in the land knowing that it is the only route to growth and development.