The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has said the judiciar in Nigeria has been compromised, lost its respect and no longer the hope of the common man.
The PDP leaders who met at the Ikoyi office of the party’s leader in Lagos State, Chief Olabode George, said these are not the best of times for the Judiciary in Nigeria.
Reading the communique of the meeting, signed by 33 leaders of the party in the state, which includes Chief (Mrs) Onikepo Oshodi, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele, Dr Charles Akintoye and others Chief George said what is coming out from the third arm of government in the world’s most populous black nation is offensive to millions of Nigerians.
“And when the judiciary is compromised, one way or the other, in a democratic system, then democracy is gone, ” he said.
Chief George said, “Many Nigerians believe that members of the executive and legislature are already living on a different planet. So, they see the judiciary as the last ‘Estate’ standing in the ‘Realm’.’’
He also pointed out that in Nigeria, there are still hundreds of Judges upholding the sanctity of the judiciary, adding that they will not only give judgements but they deliver Justice and Nigerians still believe in them.
George said the judiciary lost its credibility because of conflicting and contradictory judgements coming from a few, saying, “The belief of many Nigerians in the judiciary is understandably shaken. And this is worrisome because if the people don’t believe in the third arm of government anymore, anarchy looms.
“Today, many Nigerians point to some corrupt judges who escape unscathed to enjoy their ill-gotten wealth because the system is weak or compromised to do proper investigation.’’