The recent dismissal of the third opposition governor, Mutfwang, within three days by the Court of Appeal has sparked strong condemnation from NNPP’s Johnson, who labeled it as “judicial rascality.” In a Sunday judgment, a three-member panel, led by Justice Elphreda Williams-Dawodu, directed the withdrawal of the certificate of return from Mutfwang and its reissuance to Nentawe Goshwe of the APC.
Reacting to the verdict, NNPP chieftain Johnson expressed his discontent, stating that the decision is part of an unfolding trend of “judicial rascality.” During an interview with Punch, he raised concerns about what he perceives as inconsistent principles in recent judicial rulings, emphasizing the troubling nature of these decisions for many in the country.
Johnson insisted that the APC has a significant hurdle to overcome in its attempt to assert itself on Nigerians, acknowledging the presence of multiple states held by the PDP. He remarked, “Even if this is not an attempt to foist APC on Nigerians, it will have the effect. It is a long way for them to force APC on Nigerians because PDP has many states. So, it is far away from it.”
The NNPP National Auditor expressed skepticism about the judiciary, stating, “There is judicial rascality going on. Yes, I haven’t read the judgment, but from the extract have seen, there is a sort of rascality going on. We no longer have confidence in the judiciary.”
Despite his criticism, Johnson voiced hope that the Supreme Court would bring clarity to these issues and adhere to established precedents. The call for Supreme Court intervention reflects a desire for a resolution that reinstates confidence in the judiciary.