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Stop castigating judiciary, APC Governors’ Forum tells PDP

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The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), yesterday, frowned at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the call on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed, to resign.

PGF chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, in a statement, described the call as contemptuous and disrespectful to our democracy.

The Forum expressed surprise that allegations that the Supreme Court must have been comprised by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is coming from supposedly democratic leaders, who should ordinarily be in the forefront of protecting and defending the judicial institution as the sanctuary of democracy. 

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Noting that the call was unfortunate and condemnable, the PGF called on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in the country to rise to the defence of democratic institutions, especially the judiciary.

It said: “We must prevail on PDP leadership and all politicians to exercise restraint, by demonstrating unalloyed loyalty and respect for our democratic institutions, particularly our judiciary, which is the most important pillar of democratic governance.”

“To allege that a judgment delivered by Supreme Court judges is “procured,” simply because it did not favour PDP is an invitation to anarchy.

“Our party has lost elections we thought we would win. Equally, our party has been stopped from participation in elections by the judiciary, for example in Rivers State…”.

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