The candidate who came third in the February 25 presidential election, Peter Obi, has urged the judiciary to make transparent rulings so as to prevent Nigerians from being ruled by people of dubious and duplicitous characters and identity fraudsters.
Obi said this in a statement titled, ‘THE RULE OF LAW AND THE CREDIBILITY OF LEADERSHIP.’
The Labour Party candidate gave the advice amid the Supreme Court hearing on his case challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu at the February 25 presidential election.
Obi said, “Still on the identity crisis and controversies that have continued to haunt the Nigerian citadel of power since the February 25, 2023 presidential elections.
“There is this saying: cIT IS NOT TITLES THAT HONOUR MEN, BUT MEN THAT HONOUR TITLES.’
“The lofty titles that decorate people in power have little meaning if there is a hollowness and falsehood underneath them. Such titles which adorn those in public office mean nothing if they are not original and are fake if those who bear them have no honour to support the weight of the titles they carry. In situations where there is public doubt as to the veracity and authenticity of these titles and the claims behind them, it is the judiciary’s role, when called upon, to uphold the honour of the titles through transparent rulings. Only through such judicial interventions can the public be protected from the tyranny of dubious and duplicitous characters and identity fraudsters.
“In such situations, the judiciary has a bounding duty to protect society’s value system. This is one of the obligations of an impartial judiciary in a democracy. The rule of law remains the lifeblood of democracy in all societies and by whatever definition across time.
“It remains the foundation for all our fundamental rights as humans. It is the rule of law that binds society together. The expectation by the high and low alike that their rights will be protected and respected by fair judges in transparent courts is what keeps citizens’.”