The embattled former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, yesterday urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Mahmoud Mohammed and the National Judicial Council (NJC) to sack erring judges to avoid bringing anarchy to the country.
This is even as he vowed not to recognize the outcome of (today) Wednesday’s repeat national convention of the party being organized in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He also vowed to continue to fight the party until justice is done.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, Sheriff, who was visibly angry, declared that he would soon send a petition to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Mahmoud Mohammed and the National Judicial Council (NJC) against some judges of the Federal High Court who he alleged had demonstrated unethical behaviour, in order to restore sanity to the nation’s judiciary.
Expressing shock over the Monday Port Harcourt ruling in favour of Ahmed Makarfi Committee, Sheriff said, “we are shocked even with that ruling. All the judges in Nigeria are on annual vacation. We have been in court with all of them for the past one month on an issue that a judge went into in Port Harcourt which started on Friday; people went and filed court cases on Thursday and got an exparte motion, which has been frowned at by the judiciary for now. Most stakeholders in the judiciary don’t want exparte motion because it denies justice to others.
“But let’s accept that the judge decided to do that. The life span of the exparte motion is 14 days, which means you have time to serve the other people to respond. On that Thursday, the judge gave exparte motion. The next day he converted that exparte motion to interlocutory order. On Monday, he sat and heard the main case to give a ruling or judgement today at 2pm without allowing us as defendants to defend ourselves.
“This morning, when our lawyers went to court, the judge authorised all the registry staff to run away. It took our lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to call everybody in Nigeria that this judiciary should not be destroyed. From 9am till now, they are receiving our own response to the application. The truth about it is that the whole thing is a hoax”