The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of allegedly plotting against Supreme Court judges ahead of Atiku Abubakar’s appeal against the ruling of the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal (PEPT).
Naija News recalls that the PEPT had dismissed the petition of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of President Buhari at the 2019 election.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Imo Ugochinyere, CUPP stated that the federal government has ordered an onslaught against judges in Nigeria in form of a request from the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) that all banks release details of bank accounts of all justices of
the Supreme Court.
CUPP stated that the latest onslaught is part of coordinated plans to blackmail the justices of the Supreme Court, intimidate them
and instil fear in them.
The statement said: “We note that while the government tried to hide behind one finger by adding members of the National Assembly to the list of those whose bank accounts are under surveillance, it did not succeed in hiding its intention because it was clear that there was no mention of any member of the executive arm of government in the NFIU letter.
“Or are there no corrupt persons in the Executive arm of government? We would not have been so surprised by this latest government action since the same government had earlier ordered a midnight raid on houses of some judges and also removed a sitting Chief Justice of Nigeria in a most controversial manner.
“The same government sent security agents to lay siege on the National Assembly with a view to forcing a leadership change.
“Our concern, however, is that these directives to invade the privacy of the justices clearly guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution is coming at a time the coalition presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is approaching the Supreme Court to contest the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
“Basking in the euphoria of the success of their arm-twisting plot at the Court of Appeal, they are at it again now in the Supreme Court. We make bold to say that this latest onslaught is part of coordinated plans to blackmail the justices of the Supreme Court, intimidate them
and instil fear in them. But this move will backfire. It will fail.
“We call on all justices of the Supreme Court to stand firm, endure the onslaught of the emperor and his ruthless agents and use the word of
their mouth on judgment day to bring his reign of terror and stolen mandate to an end and liberate Nigeria from this current nightmare.
“We, therefore, call on all lovers of democracy across the world to pay more attention to happenings in Nigeria as the nation’s democracy is being threatened daily by the government’s actions.”
Source: Naija News