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Osun Election: Supreme Court Justice Being Harassed By Governors-Group Alledges



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Ahead of the supreme court judgement in the Osun State governorship election, a group has claimed that justice of the apex court are being harassed.

The group, Civil Liberty Union raised alarm over alleged harassment and threats of some Supreme Court justices, adding that some of the justices are facing pressure ahead of its decision on the Osun state governorship election.

The  group also accused some politicians of using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name to intimidate the justices.

The civil society group, fingered a prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) member and three governors on the platform of the ruling party as those behind the plot. They alleged the politicians of using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name to intimidate the justices to jettison the supremacy of the constitution and find any way to give a favourable judgement to Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, June 26, and signed by its coordinator, Mallam Shuaibu Adamu, the union alleged that the governors who had arrived a day earlier for meetings, spent the night meeting select justices who have resisted financial inducements and insisted on following the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution in line with the oath they swore to when they became justices of the Supreme Court.

“We are aware of an evil plot to truncate justice in the case of Osun state governorship appeal before the Supreme Court. “We want the president to know and act quickly before further damage and utter destruction is done to the judiciary. “We urge the justices to remain steadfast. The whole world knows what happened in Osun was a ra*e of democracy and an affront to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. The UK, US and EU all condemned the election especially the established voter harassment and disenfranchisement that characterized it. “We affirm to the justices that ruling on facts and supremacy of the constitution is the right and conscionable path of honour and posterity will judge them as bold and courageous standing for equity and justice. “We are interested in this matter because it is a stain on the nation’s democratic credential. We need to clean it up by allowing the truth and the constitution to prevail. Mr President also agreed to this line of thought and that was why he has directed the Supreme Court to follow the law and their convictions. “We plan to present a protest letter to the presidency and the Chief Justice of Nigeria on this matter,” the statement read in part.

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