Chief Justice Claims Politicians Tried To Bribe Court Officials
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has issued a stern warning to politicians, asking them to jettison attempts to influence the judiciary in any way.
Justice Onnoghen while delivering a judgement on a case on the governorship seat in Abia State on Friday, alleged that there was a security breach at the judiciary.
He claimed that politicians had tried to bribe officials of the judiciary arm of government to get first-hand information about who was writing the judgment or what the judgment of the jury would be on the Abia State governorship election case.
The Supreme Court had, with a ruling on Friday, put an end to the leadership tussle that followed the election of Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as the Governor of Abia State.
Justice Onnoghen wondered why some politicians would attempt bribing officials of the judicial arm of the government.
Delivering judgment on the appeal filed byMr Uche Ogah, challenging the nomination and election of Governor Ikpeazu as the governor of Abia State, the jury upheld the election of Mr Okezie Ikpeazu as the governor.
The apex court by the ruling upheld the earlier ruling of an Appeal Court on the matter.
In August 2016, the Appeal Court upheld the nomination and election of Governor Ikpeazu, but Mr Uche Ogah challenged that decision, forwarding an appeal to the supreme Court which is the final bus stop.
Storm In A Teacup
Mr Ogah’s appeal did not scale through, as 2 out of the three-man panel of the Supreme Court struck it out for ‘lacking merit’.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, said the case was a storm in a teacup, which should not have been entertained by the court in the first place.
This ruling of the Supreme Court is coming nearly two years after the governor won the Abia State governorship election.
Mr Ikpeazu won the April 11, 2015 election under the Peoples Democratic Party.