The Peoples Democratic Party has said the raid on the home of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court by security operatives is part of a plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress to hijack the 2023 elections.
The party said the raid was an “attack” which it described “as horrendous, rascally, irresponsible, completely unjustified,” adding that “it should not be swept under the carpet on the guise of misleading whistleblower operation.”
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Assault on Odili is Part of APC’s Plot To Hijack 2023 Elections,’ signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday.
It read in part, “This is more so as the pawprints of the APC are visible in the incident, in its desperation to cow the judiciary and subvert the cause of justice ahead of the 2023 elections.
“It is clear that the attack on Justice Odili is part of a renewed script by the APC. Nigerians will recall how, ahead of the 2019 election, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, was clandestinely yanked off from his hallowed chamber, preparatory to the massive rigging that characterised the 2019 Presidential election.
“Nigerians can equally recall how respected judges were assaulted by the APC administration through obnoxious sting operations in a bid to arm-twist the judiciary and set the stage for the endorsement of a culture of impunity that characterised the 2019 elections.
“The PDP, however, cautions the APC and its Presidency apparatchik to know that times have changed. Nigerians are not ready to stomach a repeat of APC’s coordinated assault on our institutions of democracy, but will firmly resist them with every means available within the ambit of the law.
“The party also urges the judiciary to remain firm and not be deterred by the suppressive proclivities of the fizzling APC, which has since been rejected by Nigerians.
“The PDP calls on Nigerians to stand in defence of our democracy by continuing in their demand that the real perpetrators of the attack on Justice Mary Odili be exposed and brought to book.”