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Tinubu, APC have sinister plans to impede justice, threaten tribunal judges with arrest – Atiku

The All Progressives Congress (APC) was on Saturday accused of trying to compromise the judiciary. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leveled the allegation in a statement issued by Paul Ibe, his media adviser, saying that the APC and agents of Tinubu had continuously elected to impede the way of justice by various means.

 

Atiku and Sir Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) are challenging the declaration of Tinubu, candidate of the APC, as the winner of the 2023 presidential polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

Part of the grounds for the challenge was Tinubu’s failure to secure at least 25% of votes cast in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

However, Tinubu, through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun, contended that the FCT was the 37th state for electoral purposes and that any other interpretation would “lead to absurdity, chaos, anarchy and alteration of the very intention of the legislature.”

 

But, Atiku, in a statement signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe on Saturday, said the APC and agents of Tinubu had “ceaselessly chosen to stand in the way of justice by making “catastrophic threats to anarchy if justice is not served according to their whims.”

 

Read the statement in part: “The plot of the APC is simple: intimidate the judiciary, threaten judges with arrest so that they will bow to their will. This is a playbook from 2019, when they removed the CJN and then replaced him with Tanko Muhammad, who himself was later accused of corruption by his colleagues at the Supreme Court and resigned shamefully.”

 

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