‘I was the highest beneficiary of incorruptible judiciary’ – Peter Obi

‘I was the highest beneficiary of incorruptible judiciary’ – Peter Obi
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 The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023
general election, Mr Peter Obi, said he was the highest beneficiary of the
judiciary in the country when there were incorruptible judges.


Obi stated this during Justice Anthony Aniagolu’s Memorial
Lecture, organised by the family and hosted by Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu,
on Tuesday.


Delivering a lecture on the topic “The Judiciary and the
Future of Nigeria,” Obi said he won the election in Anambra State while another
candidate was declared the winner and he approached the court for justice.


“I spent three years in court and it was given to me, and
after a few months, I was impeached but the judiciary restored me to power.
After one year in office, they conducted another election and elected another


“But I went to the Supreme Court, where judges, with respect
for the rule of law, reinstated me to complete my tenure.


“All these things happened because there were incorruptible
and independent judges,” he said.


The former Anambra governor, who noted that such jurists
were hard to find in present-day Nigeria, said: “Our judiciary is weak and
compromised by the executive and highest bidder.”


According to him: “The future of our society is compromised
because the independence of the judiciary has been destroyed.


“We need a strong judiciary to fight criminality. The rule
of law is the foundation on which any society survives and develops and the
only thing that makes it sacrosanct is the independence of the judiciary. And
it is a strong judiciary that makes businesses, investments and democracy

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He pointed out that the Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, was not the problem of Nigeria but the judiciary, whom those
denied their rights approached but ended up being disappointed.


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