The All Progressives Congress (APC has tackled Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State over his attacks on judges for being corrupt and delivering politically motivated judgments.
The Ekiti chapter of the APC accused the governor of “paradoxical assault by a man who holds the judiciary in contempt even though he is also the greatest beneficiary of assault on the same purportedly corrupt judiciary in his political career.”
Fayose had at the opening of the Nigeria Legal Year organised by the Ekiti State Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Ado-Ekiti, accused the Akwa Ibom and Rivers states election tribunal judges of corruption in their judgments nullifying the elections of Governors Emmanuel Udom and Nyesom Wike, saying that they succumbed to the federal might to nullify PDP’s victories in favour of President Muhhamadu Buhari’s APC.
Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, in statement in Ado-Ekiti, said that it was an irony that Fayose, “who is a beneficiary of lawless and anti-democratic conduct and a principal participant in the ignoble plot to spit on the Nigerian Constitution and who should be cooling his heels in jail” should be the one accusing the judiciary of corruption. We never knew that Fayose would be the one accusing anyone of using the federal might to an electoral advantage.
“Where is Fayose’s conscience taking into consideration the impunity with which the Nigerian Army officers and men were used by the Jonathan administration to intimidate the opponents to enable Fayose win the June 21, 2014 Governorship election in Ekiti State?
“It is baffling that the same Fayose is the one now accusing, without proof, Buhari of using the federal might to manipulate the judges to cancel the Rivers and Akwa Ibom elections, which all Nigerians and the world condemned as the worst in the history of the nation.
“It is regrettable that Fayose is always having his jokes on the judiciary that decent Nigerian leaders built to serve as a sacred sanctuary of justice, but which Fayose has turned to a lap dog that he can whip at his pleasure.
“He invaded the court with his thugs to beat a judge black and blue, tore his coat and stormed the Chief Judge’s office, broke the door and tore court records there, while the Chief Judge’s secretary was mercilessly beaten. He created various obstacles to slow down his prosecution in the N1.3billion poultry project fraud trial by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC) and orchestrated the closure of the courts for a long time to prevent hearing on his perjury case to pervert the course of justice. But we wish to remind Fayose that these various assaults on the judiciary are worse than corruption,” Olatunbosun said.