ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 25 February presidential election, has issued a stern warning against what he calls “corrupt judiciary cultists” who he believes could undermine Nigeria and its democracy by legitimizing identity fraudsters.
Obi expressed his concerns on Tuesday through a statement posted on his X account, as part of his ongoing efforts to legally and politically contest the election results, asserting his claim to victory.
In a strongly worded message, the former Anambra Governor stressed that political leaders should not carry titles without the integrity to support their weight.
He urged the judiciary to play its role in upholding the honor of titles through transparent rulings, particularly when there are doubts about the authenticity of claims made by political leaders.
Obi stated, “In such situations, the judiciary has a binding duty to protect society’s value system. This is one of the obligations of an impartial judiciary in a democracy.”
He also expressed concern that when the fairness and transparency of the judiciary are in question, the rule of law and faith in democracy are at risk.
He warned against a scenario where the powerful and wealthy replace the rule of law, emphasizing the importance of maintaining an impartial judiciary.
Following a ruling by the Court of Appeal’s presidential election tribunal that dismissed the petitions of Obi and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, they have redirected their focus toward calling for a possible disqualification of President Bola Tinubu and a subsequent rerun.
Meanwhile, allegations of certificate forgery and identity misrepresentation are now before the nation’s highest court, awaiting a decision that could significantly influence Nigeria’s political future.
Obi’s stance reflects the widespread concern about the perceived politicization of Nigeria’s judiciary, which can erode confidence in its impartiality and its ability to deliver just verdicts.