Following the petition of Allied People’s Movement (APM) to the President of Appeal Court rejecting the reconstituted Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, a group of political parties in Ogun state has called on the Appeal Court to disregard the APM’s move.
The group under League of Registered Political Parties, described the APM’s call as an action geared towards subjecting the judiciary to the whims and caprices of politicians.
The parties also in a petition signed by its 11 Chairmen to the Court of Appeal President, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa titled “Re: Petition to your Lordship by the Allied Peoples Movement” and dated May 2, 2019, added that the APM’s petition was not “only frivolous, but also muck-raising against individuals who have diligently served, and are serving their fatherland in different capacities without blemish”.
The petition reads” We write as registered political parties in Ogun State that participated in the last governorship election held on March 9, 2019, and in respect of a petition to Your Lordship by the Allied People’s Movement (APM), dated 29th April, 2019.
“Going through the petition, which was severally copied to the press and the social media by the APM, we realised that there was no logical point on which the defeated party, APM, anchored the said petition as it was not only frivolous, but also muck-raising against individuals who have diligently served, and are serving their fatherland in different capacities without blemish.
“The recourse to a press conference by the APM to announce the so-called petition, after submitting to your Lordship, and even while your Lordship was yet to decide on the petition, depicts of a party desperate to blackmail the judiciary to suit the intents and purposes of its executive pay-master in Ogun State.”
“Your Lordship, it is beyond doubt, and clear to the layman, that the Governor of a State, or the Vice President, has no power to appoint a judge, as that is vested in the National Judicial Commission.
“Furthermore, last reorganization or posting of Judges handling election petitions was carried out not only in Ogun State, but also in different parts of the Federation. Imagine if every party at the elections petition tribunals all over the country will come up with one flimsy excuse or the other as we have seen in the case of APM in Ogun State”.
“The petition of APM is not only malicious, but also dubious, especially when the well known sponsor of APM in Ogun State has been boasting of being in control of the Judiciary with a war-chest of N1 billion to spend.
“We state categorically that it has never occurred in the annals of governorship election in Nigeria, especially in Ogun State, where candidates of other parties in the same election, will congratulate, visit and agreed to work with the winner of the election, as we have seen in the case of Prince Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC), after he emerged winner of the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in Ogun State.
“We urge you to disregard the petition by the APM in order not to subject the judiciary to the whims and caprices of politicians. We have faith in the new Governorship Election Petition Tribunal In Ogun State”, it concluded.