Ondo election: Coalition raises alarm over another plot to smear Appeal panel

A pro-democracy coalition has again alerted the public of another sinister plot to blackmail justices sitting in appeal over the Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate tussle. 

Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution (CDNDC) in a statement by it Co-Convener, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, accused the same set of persons who blackmailed the first panel, of plotting this “wicked insurrection against the judiciary.”

The group said that the latest antics of those who petitioned the Justice Jumai Sankey panel to recuse itself, is to “muscle and undermine the judiciary in a most disparaging manner, using a section of the media to carry out a massive attack.”

“We wish to alert Nigerians that there is another desperate plan in the offing to further blackmail the judiciary ahead of the reserved judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Ondo State PDP candidate tussle. 

“We are not unaware that this wicked plan, contrived to ridicule and demean the revered justices on the Appeal Court panel is also the handiwork of the same persons who in most barbaric fashion petitioned the first panel hearing the matter.

“You will recall that the Justice Jumai Sankey panel who initially sat on the appeal was blackmailed and ridiculed in a most scathing petition by one Mr. Biyi Poroye, a confidant of Jimoh Ibrahim – who is a party to the candidacy suit.

“The mere fact that the judiciary is going through a trying time in the hands of agents of the state, should not in any way confer on anyone the loophole or right to denigrate this revered institution. This is totally unacceptable and we condemn in a strong term.

“We urge our Justices to remain fearless, courageous and resolute in the temple of justice and equally redouble their efforts toward ensuring that justice is done to all matters before them irrespective of attached interests. We have confidence in them to defend democracy and justice,” CDNDC said.

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