Monday 12 June 2023

Tinubu threatened Presidential Election Tribunal in Democracy Day speech – Lawyer


A legal practitioner, Festus Ogun has condemned a section of the Democracy Day speech President Bola Tinubu delivered on Monday.

“It has become imperative to state here that the unnecessary illegal orders used to truncate or abridge democracy will no longer be tolerated,” Tinubu said in his nationwide broadcast.

In response, the human rights activist stated that the Nigerian leader “threatened” the judiciary, warning that intimidation of judges will not be tolerated.

Ogun believes the president’s “reckless threat to the judiciary is deliberately targeted at the eminent justices of the Presidential Election Tribunal”.

“To be clear, any Tribunal order declaring Tinubu’s return as invalid cannot “truncate democracy”, it would rather strengthen it,” the lawyer argued. 

Tinubu’s statement was “an affront in a democracy which amounts to a subtle attack on the tenets of separation of powers as enshrined under Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution”, he said.

The Principal Partner of Festus Ogun Legal stressed that court orders are meant to be obeyed and not regarded as “illegal”.

Such an assertion, according to him, is “an abuse and a calculated attempt by Tinubu to subvert Nigeria’s tottering democracy”.

“This signifies a government that will not respect court orders, particularly unfavorable ones they consider illegal,” Ogun added.

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