The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the siege carried out by armed men at the home of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court is a ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to hijack the 2023 general elections.
The PDP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday said the APC plans to intimidate the country’s judiciary once again.
While urging the judiciary to remain firm, the party notes that there is a need for the third arm of government not to be deterred by “the suppressive proclivities of the fizzling APC, that Nigerians have since rejected.
“The party described the attack on Justice Odili as horrendous, rascally, irresponsible, completely unjustified and should not be swept under the carpet on the guise of a misleading whistleblower operation.
“This is more so as the pawprints of the APC are visible in the incident, in its desperation to cow the judiciary and subvert the cause of justice ahead of the 2023 elections.”
The PDP further stated that it was clear that the attack on Justice Odili was part of a renewed script by the APC.
“The PDP, however, cautions the APC and its Presidency apparatchik to know that times have changed.
“Nigerians are not ready to stomach a repeat of APC’s coordinated assault on our institutions of democracy but will firmly resist them with every means available within the ambit of the law,” the party added.
Senior Advocates of Nigeria Meets Minister of Justice
Meanwhile, the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria has met the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over the siege on the home of Justice Mary Odili last week Friday.
The meeting was held behind closed doors.
Adegboyega Awomolo, who spoke on behalf of the SANs, said they were concerned about the incident.
He insisted that “the federal government must reveal those behind that national embarrassment.”