Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to immediately set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe the public boast by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that their party has persons in the judiciary, particularly at the Appeal and Supreme Court levels to do APC’s bidding on election cases before the Courts.
The party stated this in a reaction to a viral video by an APC leader, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi, a member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State wherein he said “We have gone to Appeal Court and the final destination is the Supreme Court and we will meet there. That is where we will know whom they know and they will know whom we know”.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Hon Debo Ologunagba said Hon. Gagdi’s statement confirms the suspicion that the APC has set up a special team of two former APC governors, who are also serving cabinet ministers and a prominent APC leader from the North East Zone, to allegedly induce certain judicial officers to deliver judgments against the PDP.
He claimed the outcome of that situation is the series of bias judgments by the Plateau State Election Appeal Court Panel.
However, Gagdi has since dismissed such claims about him, saying he has no hand in the appeal court verdicts that nullified the election of PDP members in Plateau.
Gagdi, who is the chairman of the house committee on navy, said the PDP travails in Plateau are self-inflicted. The lawmaker, who represents Pankshin/Kanam/Kanke federal constituency of Plateau, said the party failed to adhere to due process in conducting its primary election, which was the basis of the court’s verdicts.