The Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Nigerians and lovers of democracy to rise to the defence of democratic institutions, especially the judiciary.
The Forum also advised the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to stop disrespecting the country’s Judicial system.
The chairman of the forum and governor of Kebbi state, Governor Atiku Bagudu stated this in reaction to the PDP accusing the Supreme Court of unfair judgement.
The PDP earlier made the accusation and called for the resignation of the Chief Justice following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2019 Imo state governorship election which led to the PDP’s candidate, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha losing the gubernatorial seat to the APC candidate Senator Hope Uzodinma.
The PDP further alleged that the Judiciary was heavily compromised.
However, the Progressives Governors Forum described the PDP allegations as disrespectful to the Judiciary.
“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 call on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in the country to rise to the defence of our democratic institutions, especially the judiciary. 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” the statements reads.
The Governors further reiterated their faith in the Judiciary.
“As Progressive Governors, we hereby declare abiding faith in our judiciary and will at all times respect all decisions of our Judges at all levels no matter the circumstances. Our party and our members believe in the sanctity of our judicial institution as the last hope for justice for our people.
“We wish to unequivocally state our resolve to work with all democrats in the country to ensure adequate protection of democratic governance by respecting all judgements from our courts”.