Election Verdicts: Who Paid TMG to Disparage the Supreme Court Justices?

By Jude Ndukwe
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It was with great shock that we read the inglorious reaction of the Transition Monitoring Group’s (TMG) to the verdicts of the Supreme Court on the Akwa Ibom and Rivers States election matters. The words used by the body in describing the judgements and judges betray the fact that this has always been a group set up by desperate politicians to masquerade as independent election observers while doing the infamous bidding of their paymasters.

This is not surprising. Coming just very few days after the national chairman of APC called for the probe of the Supreme Court Justices over the same issue, we do not need to look too far to know who the sponsors of the so-called “Transition Maligning Group” are.

To say that the Supreme Court judgements are “clear cut attempts at legalising electoral robberies”, is the most uncharitable thing anyone or group could say about the Supreme Court.

What the TMG fails to understand is that unlike their sponsors who are so desperate to “capture” the oil-rich states especially, that they would do anything including harassment, intimidation and alleged attempt at bribing the honourable justices, the Supreme Court justices are men of integrity, fearless in their endeavours, audacious in the dispensation of justice and unrelenting in remaining the last hope of the common man and the oppressed. The joy that greeted those judgments across the nation is an eloquent testimony to the fact that the honourable justices are in tandem with realities in the land and the law.

TMG should not think that everybody condescends so low as to pervert justice like they do in their analysis of justice dispensation just because they live off the crumbs that fall from their masters’ tables. One wonders where groups like this were when the Supreme Court upheld the elections of Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and even that of Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State among many others.

The statement by TMG smacks of recalcitrance coupled with excessive exuberance and political rascality taken too far. These attempts by APC, their leaders and foot soldiers, to continue to intimidate, insult, disparage and calumniate our judiciary are absolutely unacceptable. One wonders why TMG is so particular about Rivers and Akwa Ibom States? Does this obsessive concern for these states even as earlier expressed by Oyegun not justify our position that TMG has sold its soul to the devil?

Our organisation with over 500,000 members nationwide is, however, consoled that no matter the level of political brigandage exhibited by insolent groups like the TMG, our courts shall continue to remain the last hope of the common man and the bastion of justice. We are most glad that the justices of the apex court are neither swayed by the archaic antics of groups like TMG nor are they going to ever succumb to their subtle threats.

Thank you.
Jude C. Ndukwe
National Coordinator

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