Phrank Shaibu, particular assistant for public communications to Peoples’ Democratic Get together presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, accused Nigeria’s Chief Justice Oluwakayode Ariwoola of indulging in political commentary.
Shaibu revealed this whereas reacting to feedback credited to Ariwoola, the place the latter reportedly praised Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for being a member of the PDP G5 Governors.
The aide, in a press launch on Friday, mentioned: “Final month, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, inaugurated 277 members of the electoral petitions courtroom to adjudicate issues arising from the overall election. of 2023 within the nation.
“On the occasion, Decide Ariwoola warned the judges to stay impartial and neutral throughout this political season. He additionally warned politicians to not attempt to induce judges.
“Nonetheless, it might seem that the honorable CJN just isn’t prepared to steer by instance in mild of his latest statements and brazenly and shamelessly hobnob with politicians.”
The aide particularly frowned on the frequency with which the CJN made statements in help of the actions of a bunch of PDP governors led by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Shaibu continued, “On October 30, 2022, the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde hosted the CJN, who’s from Oyo State, in an elaborate reception. On the occasion, Decide Ariwoola sat down with Makinde and different governors who are actually proud to be the G5.
“However it might appear that Decide Ariwoola continues to benefit from the firm of politicians. On Thursday, November 24, 2022, the CJN was in Rivers State, this time as a visitor of Governor Nyesom Wike, who can also be a member of the G5.
“Apparently overwhelmed by Wike’s lavish reception on the inauguration of the judicial initiatives, the CJN mentioned within the reside occasion that it was glad that Governor Makinde was a member of the G5 and solidly with Governor Wike.”
Shaibu additionally emphasised that the CJN acknowledged the presence of the group of 5 governors on the gala evening and inauguration of the judicial undertaking that befell in Ríos.
The assertion urged stakeholders within the judiciary to warn the CJN, including: “That’s the reason it’s important that the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, the Decide Corps and all different accredited organizations within the judiciary instantly warn the decide Ariwoola in opposition to the desecration of the exalted workplace of the CJN”.