Prince Ifagbemi Awamaridi, Lagos State chairman of Labour Party (LP) and gubernatorial candidate of the party in the last governorship election, has said that there would be no meaningful progress in the country if the country fails to have a robust judiciary system.
Awamaridi, who was referring to the conviction of Justice Walter Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in a chat with newsmen on Sunday, noted that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) was a victim of Nigeria’s judicial process problem.
He said that what happened in the trial of the former CJN was a tyranny of Buhari’s grand plan to ensure that Onnoghen would not be there during the election tribunal.
He said that the government of the day would not want a man who was straight forward to be part of the election tribunal and so the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) mounted pressure on members of CCT to give that judgment.
Awamaridi who pointed out that a lot of things had gone underground, maintained that his own experience when he approached the tribunal in Lagos for the governorship election showed that the APC had gone ahead to intimidate some of the judges and some were so afraid that they had confided in him their challenge in working for him.
He said that it was unfortunate that the present government had gone so far in weakening the judiciary, noting that he would only pray that there would be no anarchy in the country should Atiku Abubakar fail to get a fair hearing in court.
He warned that the nation’s progress depended on a robust judiciary system without which the country’s unity would be shaky.