The Presidency has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to drag it into their current “smear campaign” against the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. In a statement on Sunday, the Presidency debunked all claims that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services, DSS, had indicted the President of the Nigerian Court of Appeal.
The Presidency said these claims are aimed at causing disaffection between the Executive and the Judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation. The statement further stressed that it is offensive to link the Presidency with the campaign against Justice Bulkachuwa.
The Presidency in the statement issued by the its spokesman, Garba Shehu, argued that the DSS doesn’t conduct its duties in the manner so described by the PDP. It further argued that the opposition party cannot use a fake security report to drag the presidency into a smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal.
The Presidency also said that PDP’s attack on judges because the outcomes of cases don’t favour them, and keeping quiet when the verdict is in their favour, smacks of insincerity, double standard, and mischief.
According to the Presidency, if the PDP continues to blackmail and smear judges with fake news stories, the nation will ultimately find itself dealing with a situation where judges may be afraid to handle cases, thereby creating delays in the dispensation of justice.
The Presidency further argued that if it had any influence on election petition tribunals, APC candidates wouldn’t have lost a single case before the courts.