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BUHARI VS ATIKU: Timi Frank wants int’l community to place visa restrictions on 5 tribunal justices




Timi Frank has called on the international community to place visa restrictions on the five justices who presided over the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).

According to the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the visa restrictions on the five justices provided by the Appeal Court, should be imposed on them over gross miscarriage of justice and flagrant breach of the constitution.

Timi Frank who gave the charge in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, also called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Supreme Court to review the tribunal’s ruling and sanction the Justices for deliberate perversion of justice.

He said both local and international observers raised concerns over the last presidential election particularly unjustified interventions by security forces in favour of Muhammadu Buhari and wonders why the Justices ruled in favour of the president.

He added; “They said the voting process wasn’t transparent and the Nigerian civil society group, a coalition made up of over 70 civic groups that monitored the balloting also said the outcome wasn’t credible.

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“Yet the presiding justices of the PEPT in giving their judgment said the election was credible and dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“This outcome was was only possible because the judgement was written by the presidency.

“I therefore call on the international community such as the US, UK, EU and others to place a visa ban on the five justices of the PEPT and members of their immediate family.

“The onus is on the Supreme Court to show Nigerians and the world that the judiciary is indeed the hope of the common man; it is incumbent on them to show that they are indeed independent and have not been colonized and made a rubber stamp of the executive in view of the unthinkable verdict of the five justices of the PEPT.

“They simply turned the judiciary into a black market where justice was measured and sold to the highest bidder. The executive has always accused the judiciary of corruption and the five justices have just confirmed it by this judgment.

“They have brought shame on the Nigerian judiciary and must be sanctioned appropriately by the NJC to serve as a deterrent to others and restore sanity to the judiciary,” he said.

Frank called on the international community to help Nigeria, saying the country, “is at a point where it may have civil unrest or a break up as many regions have resumed agitation following the hope-dashing verdict.

“The international community should place visa restrictions on these five Justices like they have done to some corrupt politicians that participated in rigging the last general elections.

“Since these five Justices have traded away the opportunity to redeem the country’s democracy by ridding it of electoral fraud, the Supreme Court must now be courageous enough to rectify this judicial fraud in order to save Nigeria from collapse. Show Nigerians that the judiciary is still the last hope of the common man,” Frank said.

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