Buhari vs Atiku: S/Court speaks on alleged ‘manipulation plot’

Buhari vs Atiku: S/Court speaks on alleged ‘manipulation plot’

Monday, October 14, 2019 7:12 pm

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed allegations levelled against it by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) of a plot to manipulate selection of justices for the Presidential Election Appeal Panel.

In a statement issued by Festus Akande, the court’s Director of Press and Information,  on Monday in Abuja, the court described the allegations as a campaign of calumny.

The apex court added that it was a blatant falsehood, misinformation and a malicious rumour.

‘`We wish to state clearly that CUPP is not and can never constitute itself into an agency of the Nigerian judiciary or assume the role of an alternate Supreme Court of Nigeria.

“Let it be known that the Supreme Court is not an assemblage of individuals with no defined purpose, vision and modus operandi. Our operations are strictly guided by the constitution and extant laws.

‘`We are not an appendage of any individual or group of people, and we don’t pander to the dictates of anybody or association’’.

The court  added that the Supreme Court, and by extension, the judiciary, was an independent arm of government that could never be intimidated or dictated to by anybody.

“We should be mindful of our utterances to avoid inflicting a devastating harm on the nation.

This exhibition of unbridled utterances and prevarication will only endanger the progress and cohesiveness of our country’’.

The Supreme Court said it has entertained entertaining presidential election appeals over the decades but the unnecessary hysteria and superlative drama being woven around this particular one calls for caution and moderation.

“The constitution of any panel to sit on a matter in the court is the sole prerogative of the Supreme Court and it is never an issue for the court to debate on the television or pages of newspapers.

“We are not a political party or social club and should never be dragged into any form of baseless pedestrian discussions that will drive valid reasoning aground’’.

Spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, while addressing newsmen at on Oct. 10, alleged “that plans were underway to manipulate the panel of Supreme Court justices to decide the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

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  • chibbiejindu says:

    Rogue party of Nigeria PDP leadership is a distraction whenever and wherever found, and because it dwells on corruption and political criminality, it has no trust for any responsible body as it equates dirty self with descent individuals and bodies.
    PDP leadership has no respect for any constituted authority, even the spotlessness of the highest court of the land; the Supreme Court to level such magnitude accusation on the lordship personalities.
    By the way, PDP rogue leadership gets everything by way of intimidation of constituted authorities peradventure, they will fizzle out and begin to deliver judgement in favor of PDP whether they have any or no evidence to support a shallow case if any.
    With this, I encourage the tested Judges of the Supreme Court to courageously sit as required by law of the land and deliver judgement with blindfolded eyes and understanding hearts.

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