As Nigerians, with bated breath, await the pronouncement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on the cases bordering on the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto Matthew Hassan Kukah, has urged citizens never again allow the judiciary to interfere in the country’s elections.
Kukah made the call in a published interview yesterday. Reacting to a question on his expectation from the Tribunal as it delivers its judgment today, the bishop said, “We must learn to exhaust these rules and processes that we have set for ourselves by force of law.
“We have come to this moment of, ‘All eyes on the judiciary.’ It is marked by anxiety and hope and this is good because, at the same time, it is a measure of how important the judiciary is to us.
Kukah, who recently deplored the state of the nation in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, during the colloquium organised to mark Afe Babalola’s 60th year at the bar, also said, “I hope this will be the last time we will have to rely on the Judiciary to interfere in our elections. We must amend the law to correct this injustice and insist that officials are sworn in at the end of the processes”.
On the removal of petrol subsidy and the controversy arising from the palliatives announced by government, Kukah, a member of the National Peace Accord, said that the President should have thought through the process before making the announcement.