01 November 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, wants Judges and Justices in Nigeria to save the judiciary from total collapse.
A statement signed by Chairman, Media Committee of CUPP, Chukwudi Ezeobika says the judiciary remains the very soul of the Nation and the last hope of the common man.
“We call on the National Judicial Council which is an executive body established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of Section 153 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to protect the judiciary from the whims and caprices of the Executive to as a matter of urgency, rise to its responsibilities and save the judiciary from ridicule and disrepute”
The Coalition expresses concerns over the consistent influences and interferences by the Executive arm of Government as well as other executive bodies established by law, in the conduct and decisions of Judicial Officers in Nigeria.
“The desecration of the Nigerian judiciary by the actions or inactions of the executive and legislative arms of government has become a dangerous omen and a vicious threat to our common existence as a people”
It describes the deliberate actions or inactions of some Judges in Nigeria to undermine the integrity and sanctity as well as the jurisdiction of our Courts due to their inability to assert their full authority in defence of justice, remains reprehensible and must be checked by the National Judicial Council.
The Coalition notes with serious concerns the inability of a Federal High Court Judge, sitting in Abuja, to protect and defend the integrity, sanctity and jurisdiction of the Court in an action where a Commission acted illegally and unconstitutionally in deregistering some political parties.
The CUPP however commends the tenacity and boldness of the Justices of the Court of Appeal who asserted their full authority in defence of Justice and the Judiciary thereby averting the shame that could have befallen the entire judicial system.
It wishes to register its displeasure at the deliberate and wilful disobedience of the Court of Appeal Judgement, delivered by its President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, on the 10th of August, 2020 , ordering INEC to relist 22 political parties as registered political parties in Nigeria.
Our faith and belief in the Nigerian judiciary is unwavering and our commitment to a just and equitable society remains sacrosanct.