Worried by the comments of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the internal crisis of the party before the court, the caretaker committee Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has accused Sheriff of alleged plans of destroying the integrity of the Judiciary and plunge the nation into a one-party state under the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Makarfi, who reacted to the press conference by the PDP members of Senator Sheriff faction on Friday, accused them of deliberately “raising insinuations that could affect the judgement pending before the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt and also discrediting the judiciary”, saying that such stance taken by Senator Sheriff and his supporters “could ultimately destroy the judiciary and later plunge Nigeria into a one-party State”.
According to Makarfi in a statement in Kaduna Saturday, “It is very unfortunate and It is also irresponsible that as it stands today, Dr. Karo of the Modu Sheriff faction addressed a press conference that is arranged with such reckless statement intended to soil the integrity of the entire judiciary, and of a particular court”.
“I condemned such attitude. But, you see, the leper does not change. You recall that the Sheriff side has made several wide written petitions and allegations against members of the bench in a reckless and ungentlemanly manner, unsubstantiated allegations, all intended to avert the delivery of justice.”
The PDP chairman, Makarfi argued further, “Equally, they have joined even judges as respondents to cases they have filed before the court. Really, this is against ethics and norms that is known to us. And this ongoing insinuation, all intended to make nonsense of the judiciary, especially in respect of judgements that are yet to be delivered. Insinuating, as if they have already have judgements in their pockets. We truly don’t know watch they intend to achieve by this.”
“We as caretaker committee of the PDP we have absolute faith and confidence in the judiciary and we know that ultimately justice will be done, the judges cannot be fooled by these antics. We equally believe that as democrats in PDP we will continue to depend on the judiciary as the institution that can protect its own integrity and I believe that they are capable of doing that”.
Senator Makarfi said, “I urge them to rise up to the challenge and do that. If we destroy judiciary in this country, we will destroy democracy and we will destroy Nigeria. At the sometime, if we destroy judiciary in Nigeria, we will enthrone dictatorship and nobody will be saved. God forbid the day that opposition will be killed in the country and we will end up in the state of a dictatorship. We will stand up against that and we will continue to stand up against such”.
“The Sherriff faction press conference is pre-emptive of what the court judgment would be. This is not the first time, several times, through social media, even when issues were at the lower courts, they made Perceived and conjectured outcome of court proceedings and in most cases they never got it right. It was at one instance of a particular judge that they got it right. The intention is to erode the integrity of the judiciary,” he said.