Makarfi takes on Sherriff: Don’t soil Judiciary

Sheriff and Makarfi
Sheriff and Makarfi

Caretaker committee Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has warned Sherriff not to destroy the integrity of the Judiciary. This was occasioned by outrageous comments from the Senator Ali Modu Sherriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the internal crisis of the party, which is before the courts.

Makarfi also accused Sheriff of working behind the scene to plunge the nation into a one party state under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman alleged that the Sheriff faction was deliberately “raising insinuations that could affect the judgment pending before the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt and also discrediting the judiciary.”
Makarfi who was reacting to a press conference organised by the Sherriff faction on Friday, added that such stance taken by Sherriff and his supporters “could ultimately destroy the judiciary and later plunge Nigeria into a one party state.”
In a statement made available to journalists Saturday, Makarfi stated: “It is very unfortunate and it is also irresponsible that as it stands today, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo of the Modu Sherriff faction, addressed a press conference arranged with such reckless statements intended to soil the integrity of the entire judiciary, and of a particular court.”
Further, Makarfi regretted that the faction had even joined judges as respondents to cases they have filed before the court. He said: “Really, this is against ethics and norms known to us. And this ongoing insinuation, all intended to make nonsense of the judiciary, especially in respect of judgments that are yet to be delivered. Insinuating, as if they already have judgments in their pockets. We truly don’t know what they intend to do to achieve by this.”
He therefore declared: “We, as caretaker committee of the PDP we have absolute faith and confidence in the judiciary and we know that ultimately justice will be done, the judges cannot be fooled by these antics. We equally believe that as democrats in PDP we will continue to depend on the judiciary as the institution that can protect its own integrity and I believe that they are capable of doing that.”

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