PDP blasts Buhari over comments on judiciary

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments on the nation’s judiciary.

Mr. Buhari had on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said his ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria could be effectively tackled with the strong support of the judiciary.

A statement by Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying that far-reaching reforms of the judiciary remained a key priority for his administration.

“On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now,” he said.

The president, who recalled all his past attempts to get elected, said if not for God and the use of technology, he would not have emerged as president in the 2015 elections.

He also recalled how his cases before the judiciary were resolved unfavourably.

The PDP on Monday called on the judiciary, “as the last hope of the common man”, to continue to assert its independence and not allow itself to be deterred from upholding justice and the rule of law, no matter the pressure.

The acting national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, who spoke during the inauguration of the Imo State caretaker committee, said the “judicial community and in fact, all discerning Nigerians, were shocked by the release by the presidency on Sunday wherein President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted to have described the judiciary as the “major headache” of his administration.

“This statement is a direct affront on the statutorily guaranteed independence of the judiciary and more worrisome is the fact that a President of a country had to tie back already settled judgments of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, in cases involving him, as a benchmark of his assessment of the institution of the judiciary at the moment,” Mr. Secondus said.

PDP said the remarks by the president was intended to “blackmail and stampede the judiciary to deliver judgments against the PDP in various pending cases involving the party and some of its leaders in the courts.

“While we urge the judiciary to ensure that it adequately guards its flanks from all external influences, we also caution the executive to focus on governance, while respecting the constitutionally guaranteed principle of separation of powers by allowing the judiciary and the legislature indeed, all statutory arms of government to freely operate within the bounds provided by our laws,” Mr. Secondus said.

The PDP chairman charged the caretaker committee being inaugurated to be fair, just and balanced, and to also accommodate every interest and restore Imo PDP to winning ways.

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  • excel

    The people destructive party at it again. That is another area the pdpig has done so much damage. The Judiciary need total sanitisation. Pdpig are the beneficiary of the corrupt system.

  • Darlington

    Buhari has once again proven to be unrepentant tyrant! Why must he keep attacking the judiciary? Someone should remain this dictator that this is democracy not military era.

  • agbobu



    Pdp! Do you know and understand the meaning of “shock”! People whose conscience is numbed shouldn’t be shocked.

  • favourtalk

    They are bunch ifbfsikurwvhwobis really afraid of what the present will do to them. They will cry at the end, PDP can never come back and rule thisbnation, they had destroyed thisbnation so much that they can’t even have any conscience to convince Nigerians again.

  • simon tor gideon

    Is Secondus now aso the spokesman of PDP now?Where is OLisa Metuh?

    • Abiboss

      He can’t talk right now. Maybe later he will let you know. Lol

    • Okikiola Beckley

      He can’t talk,his mouth is filled with paper.

      • jamajake


  • Mohstone

    The animals are at it again. They new very well that the judiciary is compromised. Afterall, they shared some of the loots with the judges in anticipation of a time like this.

  • Damilola

    It’s simple; tell Buhari he won the whole past elections even when he didn’t come near second and convict the PDP goats. Then he will show his love and affection for the working Judiciary. Lobatan no more fight. That man is really deadbrain

  • The truth will set you free

    What is news about Nigerian Judiciary being corrupt? Is this news that they are compromised like every institution in Nigeria

  • timbee

    So because he didnt win in the courts it means the judiciary is corrupt. hmmm Sai Baba!

  • asuevie

    People will take Buhari war against corruption issue serious when he clears the issue of his O/L certificate.
    Corruption goes beyond financial definition.

    • MushinSpeaks

      Your reasoning is low. PDP sold you lies yet you refuse to fact check. You will be fine.

  • Gbenga Olu

    Bathe a pig it remains a pig. A dictator will always be a dictator!

  • MushinSpeaks

    PDP can buy judges with the loot. Thanks to the meagre supreme court justices take home. A right reform will end all effort by polithieves to compromise judges. CHANGE is here/