Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South East, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to compel members of the party to obey court orders if the future of the party must be guaranteed, especially ahead of 2019 presidential and general elections.
The Rivers State serving senator and governorship hopeful of All Progressives Congress, APC, who addressed journalists yesterday in Abuja, bemoaned a situation where the party defied a court order, warning that the actions of the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Ameachi, will jeopardize Buhari’s re-election bid if the present crisis was not nipped in the bud.
This came as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday, said that the recent attack on the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt was an indication that democracy in Nigeria is under threat.
Noting that the attack took place as judges, magistrates, staff and lawyers reported for duty, Justice Onnoghen said such “show of shame” should not be encouraged by right thinking members of the Nigerian public.
A statement by his media aide, Mr. Awassam Bassey, said: “Justice Onnoghen, has been informed of an attack on the Port Harcourt High Court complex on May 11, 2018.
According to the reports, judicial and non-judicial staff were denied access to the complex as all the gates were padlocked and the buildings surrounded by hoodlums.
“These hoodlums, who were said to be heavily armed, reportedly inflicted bodily harm to judicial officers and other staff of the judiciary going about their lawful duties and destroyed some properties belonging to the judiciary.
This action was aimed at stopping the court from sitting and delivering a ruling in an intra-party dispute of the APC in respect of the local government congresses of the party in the state.
“This latest act of intimidation of the judiciary and the unwarranted violence against a peaceful institution of an arm of government is quite disturbing.
More importantly, such show of shame ought not to be encouraged by right thinking members of the Nigerian Public.
“If the enemies of our peace and democracy succeed or get away with what occurred at the High Court in Port Harcourt, it would be a source of encouragement to them to do same to the court of Appeal, and ultimately, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, whenever any one of them perceives that a judgment may be delivered against any of them or the interests they represent.”