The Supreme Court on Thursday said that Justice Abdu Aboki was not mentioned in the petition purportedly written by the acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress and Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni, against its three Justices.
The petition concerned the Imo North Senatorial District bye-election Election conducted on October 5 2020.
A statement by the apex court’s Director (Press and Information), Dr Festus Akande, entitled: ‘Justice Abdu Aboki not mentioned in the petition against three Justices of Supreme Court’, said there was still need to keep the records straight, even though the petitioner had denied it.
He admonished litigants, particularly politicians, on the need to be guided by good conscience and decency in all their conducts, especially when a case is before a court of competent jurisdiction.
The statement reads, “We need to state that the news that occupied strategic space in the media yesterday, Wednesday March 24 2021, which emanated from a petition purportedly written by the acting chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni against three Justices of the Supreme Court never mentioned the name of Hon. Justice Abdu Aboki even though he is on the panel of five Justices hearing the appeal that resulted from the Imo North Senatorial District bye-election conducted on October 5 2020. The information in circulation is not only wrong but equally misleading.
“It is pertinent to state that even though the acting chairman of the APC, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni has issued a disclaimer of the malicious and baseless petition, there is still need to keep records straight and also to admonish litigants, particularly politicians on the need to be guided by good conscience and decency in all their conducts, especially when a case is before a court of competent jurisdiction, as such unguided disposition could send out the wrong signals.”
“The Honourable Justices of the Supreme Court who have always been working assiduously to promote the rule of law, impartial and seamless dispensation of justice don’t deserve such orchestrated mudslinging, to say the least.”
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