Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described alleged attempt to bribe an apex court judge by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as unhealthy for Nigeria’s democracy.
News 24 had reported that a Justice of the Supreme Court, Inyang Okoro, who is among the seven judges arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8, had accused Amaechi, as the one who instigated his ordeal.
Okoro said in his four-page letter dated October 17, 2016 and addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, that he strongly believed that Amaechi had a hand in his travails because the Supreme Court ruled against the All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidates in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.
But the PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye on Wednesday said the party viewed the allegation as “grievous, dangerous, criminal and unhealthy for our democracy and the rule of law.”
The statement read in parts: The PDP view this allegation as grievous, dangerous, criminal and unhealthy for our democracy and the rule of law.
“This information by a high ranking judge must not be swept under the carpet like previous petitions and the Report of the Rivers State Judiciary Commission of Inquiry.
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“It appears that the public would have remained in the dark without the prompting of the DSS harassments and invasion of his home. ”
"The allegation against Amaechi had again vindicated its position that there were so many corrupt leaders and members of the ruling party.
"The recent style of arrest, detention and release of judges was a charade targeted at gagging the Nigerian Judiciary.
“We once again condemn in strong terms the frequent use of security agencies by this government to molest, harass and intimidate well-meaning Nigerians and opposition figures in the country”, he stated.
We called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, investigate the weighty allegation and prosecute the perpetrators.
“We once again call on the judiciary to remain neutral and fearless by this orchestrated threat to our democracy”, he added.
- News 24