Akin Osuntokun, the director general of the Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, has once more challenged the ruling of the Presidential Election Tribunal that recognised President Bola Tinubu’s electoral victory.
The leader of the Labour Party (LP), who bemoaned the extent of corruption in Nigeria, asserted that the judiciary might not be immune from the problem.
He reaffirmed the party’s and its presidential candidate Peter Obi’s resolve to appeal the tribunal’s verdict to the Supreme Court.
In an interview with ARISE NEWS on Monday, Osuntokun discussed how accepting the idea that Nigeria is a failed state where the corruption virus has infected all governmental organs is one of the implications of the tribunal’s ruling.
However, he went on to say that the Labour Party is adamant about appealing to the Supreme Court because it thinks the tribunal rendered an incorrect decision.
“My view of it all is that we are in a systemic crisis. We are coming to terms with the implication of Nigeria as a failed state in which all organs of government have been equally affected by the pathogens of corruption,” he said.
The politician asserted that the party has no affiliations with those who are supposedly threatening judges, but he noted that such people’s irrational rage can be easily explained by their lack of confidence in the Nigerian legal system.
He added that “Allegations of corruption against the judiciary whether directly or indirectly have very square legs to stand on. We may question the tactics of President Buhari, but when he sent security forces to the houses of supreme court judges some years ago, they discovered tons of money in different currencies.
“So it’s an unmerited righteous indignation to say that we are angry, as if there is no justification for people taking that position against you.”
“The implication of Nigeria as a failed state, as a country that tops the chart for corruption, is that if a country tops that position, why should you not accept difficulty in accepting that the judiciary is equally affected?”
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