Mr. Mba Ukweni, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has appealed to Nigerians to refrain from demonising the country’s judiciary. Ukweni made this plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Thursday.
In response to the judgment handed down by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on September 6, the legal expert emphasized that the tribunal judges based their decision on the evidence presented before them and in accordance with the law.
Ukweni, the senior advocate, emphasized that there is a legal recourse available for anyone dissatisfied with the tribunal’s rulings, which is to approach the Supreme Court.
He expressed his concern about the unwarranted criticism and intimidation faced by the judiciary due to the nature of their work. Ukweni acknowledged that the judiciary has faced numerous challenges and undue interference in the past, despite being an independent and impartial branch of government.
Furthermore, he noted that judges, like everyone else, are not infallible, except for God. Therefore, he urged the public to exercise patience and understanding when it comes to the judiciary.
Ukweni stressed that what Nigeria truly needs as a nation are strong and resilient institutions.
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