The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors have described the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria as “contemptuous and disrespectful.”
The governors, reacting to the call by the PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus warned the opposition party to desist from castigating the judiciary.
The APC governors reaction was contained in a statement issued by their Chairman and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu.
Recall that Secondus while reacting to Tuesday’s judgment by the apex court sacking PDP’s Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state and declaring Hope Uzodinma of the APC as the rightful winner of the 2019 governorship election in Imo, called on Justice Muhammad Tanko to resign as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and National Judicial Council.
Secondus said the Supreme Court under him had become compromised.
The APC governors however, on Saturday said Secondus ought to know better than to speak of the CJN and the Judiciary in such a manner.
They called on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in the country to defend the nation’s democratic institutions especially the judiciary.
The statement read in part: “These are depressing allegations coming from supposedly democratic leaders who should ordinarily be in the forefront of protecting and defending the judicial institution as the sanctuary of our democracy.
“It is contemptuous and disrespectful to our democracy. This is most unfortunate and condemnable.
“We must prevail on the PDP leadership and all politicians to exercise restraint by demonstrating unalloyed loyalty and respect for our democratic institutions, particularly our judiciary, which is the most important pillar of democratic governance.
“To allege that a judgement delivered by Supreme Court Judges is “procured” simply because it does not favour the PDP is an invitation to anarchy.”