The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, has said that it has taken the alleged misdemeanor of Justice T. S. Umar of the state High Court to the National Judicial Commission, NJC, as his conduct during the trial smacked of alleged compromise.
However, speaking with reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, yesterday, the embattled APC chairman in the state, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa said, “I wish to intimate you that every conduct of Justice T. S. Umar that made the judgement no news has been documented and forwarded by our lawyers to the Chief Judge of Nigeria as the chairman of the National Judicial Commission and copied to the chief judge of the state.”
The chairman claimed that since the case started, Ishola Balogun-Fulani and his cohorts had always boasted that the state judiciary was in the pocket and full grip and control of one man.
He, however, said that “As believers in the rule of law and ability of the judiciary to dispense justice without fear or favour and in the best tradition of incorruptible judiciary, we refused to take their boisterous attitude and utterances as mere psychological ego massaging.
“The developments that culminated in the judgement and the conduct of T.S. Umar in the course of trial have proved to us that our absolute belief in the impartiality and absolute integrity of every judicial officer is grossly misplaced in the instance case.
“It is therefore not surprising that since Friday, when the case was adjourned to Wednesday for judgement, Ishola Balogun-Fulani and his cohorts and their sponsors have been assuring their fellow PDP members that their aim to weaken the train of change in the state will start to materialise as judgement in their favour is a forgone deal and conclusion.
“In fact, in their fertile imagination and day-dreaming capacity, they expected that the judgement will enable them interfere with the list and names of APC candidates in Kwara State.
“Let me state that the law is clear on party primaries for election of candidates and no procured judgement of any high court can change the established position as stated and restated by the apex court in Nigeria.
“Therefore, all our 24 state House of Assembly, six House of Representatives, three senatorial, governorship and presidential candidates elected at the primaries conducted by the NWC in line with Article 13.4 (v) and (xiv) of the constitution of the party remain the authentic candidates that will fly APC’s flag at the 2019 general elections.”