A prominent South-South chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dakuku Peterside said that a compromised judiciary will mark the end of Nigerian democracy as the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is set to begin the hearing on 11th of May 2023.
Speaking during an interview on ARISE TV’s ‘Prime Time’ program with Charles Aniagolu on Friday night, Peterside argued that it would be disastrous for Nigeria’s democracy if the judiciary is captured by persons who want to subvert the will of the people that voted in the just-concluded election.
Going further, the South-South APC chieftain expressed confidence that the Election Tribunal will deliver justice and restore the hope of Nigerians in the country’s judicial system.
“It will be disheartening if our judicial system fails ultimately.
“There are some guardrails of democracy in this country. And it is when these guardrails and gatekeepers fail, that democracy begins to fail and it will only be a matter of time. Now, foremost among those guardrails of democracy is the judiciary.
“If other institutions are compromised, one that should remain the conscience of the nation at such a time should be the judiciary.
“But if these judges abdicate in the execution of their role, then there is no hope. As far as these election petitions are concerned, these judges have the burden to prove that they remain the hope of the common man.
“Because a captured or compromised judiciary will mean the end of our democracy. But I am convinced that a fair verdict will emerge at the end of the day.”