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Atiku: PDP, CUPP Accuse APC of Plans to Influence Supreme Court Justices Selection

The mind game has begun in earnest in Atiku Abubakar’s bid to fight his Presidential election and tribunal’s defeats by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Supreme Court as a  Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), on Friday, accused the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC of a plot to influence the selection of new Supreme Court justices.

The coalition includes the main opposition party, PDP, whose candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lost at the presidential petitions tribunal.

The PDP and Mr Abubakar have indicated their intention to head to the Supreme Court after the tribunal loss.

The coalition alleged that the ruling party, with the assistance of “friends in the judiciary” plans “to hurriedly appoint five new justices into the apex court as “Plan B” to sit on the appeal made by the PDP presidential candidate”.

At a press conference in Abuja, the coalition spokesperson, Ikenga Imo, said they “intercepted a secret list of handpicked justices in violation of the Supreme Court tradition of seven most senior justices”.

“Those scary days where the institution of democracy and unconstitutional governance are raped to suit the political ambition of one man are finally upon us. We warned of a day like this when the principle of constitutional governance, free speech, right to fair and transparent judicial pronouncements will be sacrificed on the altar of the dictatorial tendencies of one man.

“Today the judiciary has been finally captured, today justice is no longer about justice but about the judge you know. Today, the rule of law and principle of constitutional democracy is about to be sacrificed like the biblical sacrificial lamb, not to save the nation but to keep one man in office,” he said.

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