The Director General of Atukulated Agenda Worldwide and one time Aspirant of Abia State Gubernatorial Election under APGA, Chief Dr. Emeka C. Kalu has cried out in defense of democracy and justice in Nigeria by pointing out some anomalies in the tribunal constituted judges that has made the supposed outcome of their judgment appear prejudiced.
“When you look at the composition of the members of the tribunal, especially the head, one would wonder: “Can unbiased justice be attained with the outlook of things? Will justice and fairness be expected where the judge of a capital case of an erring son happened to be either of his parents?” I will explain hereunder.
“It is not out of place to say that the position and interest of the President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, will be completely compromised in this case and she ought to had as a matter of dignity and sincerity of purpose recluse herself, for how do you expect that the learned justice would, in good conscience, expect to be trusted, given that her husband is a newly elected senator of the APC.
“As if that is not enough, her brother is a governor elect on the platform of APC for Gombe; her other brother is permanent secretary in the Buhari villa, and not leaving out her son, who is also a newly elected lawmaker of the APC. How can the honorable Justice Bulkachuwa be unprejudiced, if she is to judge a matter that in against her entire family and their beneficiary?”. In other words, the outcome is already tilted against PDP.
On a similar case for National concern, it has previously been alleged that before the commencement of the proceedings of the tribunal, substantial amounts of money had changed hands. Promise of elevation to the Supreme Court has been put before the tribunal members, whereas intimidation and harassment of a potential Onnoghen treatment is conspicuously dangled before anyone of them who does not comply with the conditions.
The media is not left out of the two-edged sword as many have been promised peace or persecution depending on the side you care to choose.
“For justice to be justly served, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa should recluse herself and rescind her position for men of uncompromising integrity and good conscience to take her place. The other members of the tribunal who has tested the feel of currency of backhand should also be removed because their integrity is already in question”.
Unless this is done, the Nigeria we know today will be a shadow of herself in the nearest feature because when citizens lose faith in the ability of the judiciary, especially the courts of the land, to transparently adjudicate in matters of significant national interest, then we can better imagine what will follow. Anarchy will be unleashed upon the land.