By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Supreme Court had on February 13, sacked David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, barely 24 hours to his inauguration.
The court ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, was later sworn in as governor.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Judge of Nigeria, Hon. Dr. Justice I. Tanko Muhammad, by Sat Guru Maharaj Ji dated February 24, 2020, he told the CJ to ensure that the sanctity of the judiciary was preserved.
The letter reads thus: “I wish to draw the attention of our Dear Honorable Chief Justice of the Federation to the recent alleged moves by the Supreme Court of Nigeria to
revisit and review the judgments already delivered on appeal cases brought before it by aggrieved contestants in both Imo and Bayelsa States guber elections and to categorically state here that it is utterly wrong, condemnable and unacceptable.
“This judicial absurdity will create an unhealthy precedence that could spell doom and anarchy for our current experiment in self-rule if care is not taken.
“The objective of the constitutional provision in making the judiciary an autonomous arm of the tripodal stand on which our fledging democracy is anchored on, to empower the judicial arm or governance to deliver on its constitutional role without hindrance, fear or favor, is worthy of note here and should not be compromised let alone allow anybody to rubbish it. How come the judiciary wants to shoot itself on the foot?
“As the final and last arbitrator on legal matters in the land, our constitution provided enough shield for the Supreme Court to ward-off any kind of external influence that could stampede members of the jury to embark on any questionable precipitate ruling/judgment with a backlash that could later create pressure warranting the apex court to go into reviewing/reversing itself.”
Guru said: “If this be the case, it undoubtedly implies that the Supreme Court is populated with juries with confused minds. Hence, such undesirable elements should therefore be shown the way out.
“The Nigeria Judicial Council, NJC, must rise to the challenges of ensuring that competent and patriotic Nigerians are always recommended to Mr President for elevation to serve the nation at that highest pedestal of justice administration, to save us from any national embarrassment.
“It is high time we distance ourselves from the on-going slavery of embracing
everything the Oyinbos brought down here for purposes of enslaving us.
“Africa-No-crazy, with our traditional justice adjudication system, which
harbors zero-tolerance for injustice and miscarriage of justice, is the way
forward. This starts when public office holders are made to swear with our
Deities and Oracles before assumption of office.”