All the issues being raised about Her Lordship Justice Mary Odili regarding the Bayelsa Verdict, amount to cheap blackmail in my opinion.
Being a member of a panel of 5 Justices doesn’t confer any advantage on you as an individual. She only read the lead judgement – one of the justices must read the lead judgement at the end of the day. All the five justices agreed ad ruled accordingly, so why the fuss about Justice Odili?
Even if Justice Odili had wanted the PDP candidate to become a governor through a judicial coup as being insinuated in some quarters, and the remaining four justices on the panel disagreed, it means no show for her.
Moreover, the issue before the apex court for determination was not about who won the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa State governorship election or otherwise, the issue was about who did the right thing and who did not – in a nutshell it was a pre-election matter.
The people taunting Justice Odili are alluding to the fact that the outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who is a wife of an APC chieftain, was forced to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Tribunal in June, 2019 after complaints by the PDP but they forgot that Justice Bulkachuwa by virtue of her office is constitutionally responsible for constituting Election Petitions Tribunals on presidential, governorship, National and State Assembly elections across the nation.
So, is it right to accuse Bulkachuwa of influencing the outcomes of all the election cases filed before the Tribunals nationwide just because she is saddled with appointing panel of justices for the Tribunals? I don’t think that is right.
Therefore, the blackmail must stop because the verdict on Bayelsa wasn’t an individual decision, it was a unanimous one. So why single out an individual because of her marital relationship with a politician?
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