Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, SAN, has said that those attempting to blackmail the judiciary to give their political candidate a favourable verdict are “first-time voters.”.
He made this statement while featuring on a programme on Channels TV on Monday.
- According to Falana, this is the first time the judiciary will be witnessing “such level of intimidation and cheap blackmail”. He questioned why the judiciary is being pressured with what he referred to as “cheap blackmail” when anyone can still appeal to the Supreme Court if they don’t agree with the tribunal’s decision on Wednesday.
Speaking further, the human rights lawyer said the judges will deliver judgement based on the evidence presented before the court, and not some random intimidation from social media influencers.
- ‘We have been having election petitions since the colonial era, but none has attracted such level of blackmail and intimidation of the judiciary,
- “I am worried that people give the impression that everything ends with the judgment of the court of appeal.
- “Any party that loses on Wednesday still has the opportunity to appeal to the Supreme Court. So, what is the basis for the cheap blackmail that is going on?
- “Some of the people involved are voting for the first time and they believe rightly or wrongly that their candidate must be declared the winner and I think that is what is going on”.
What You Should Know
On Monday, the tribunal set September 6 (tomorrow) as the date when they will announce their decision on the petitions that question whether Tinubu truly won the election on February 25.