Immediate past Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to interfere in the governorship election tribunal in Benue State, just as former Lagos Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav noted that any interference by the President will destroy his hard earned reputation.
Moro who spoke to Nigerian Pilot at Otukpo in Benue state yesterday said, “There is this fear really that Mr. President was likely going to use his position and good office to persuade the tribunal to give judgment in favour of Samuel Ortom but that will be very unfortunate.
“I think that fear is palpable because of activities that have been set in the past in the development of democracy in Nigeria, there is this fear that President Muhammadu Buhari who is a product of the APC can most likely use his position as the president of Nigeria to influence judgments in the various tribunals in favour of APC elected officials whose elections are virtually in the courts and in the tribunals.”
The fear, he said, was accentuated a week ago when newspapers were awash with stories that the president has set up a ten-man committee headed by himself to help salvage the electoral fortunes of APC members where their elections are threatened either in the courts or in the tribunals.
“It will be wise as a patriotic Nigerian to advise Mr President not to go all the way to influence the activities of the tribunals, not just in Benue state but across the country because to do so will send a wrong signal to his preparedness to fight corruption.”
On his part, Tsav urged President Buhari to ignore any pressure mounted on him to interfere in Ortom’s case so as to enable him maintain his hard earned reputation, good name and high integrity, alleging that huge sums of money have been taken from the N10billion Ortom borrowed to pay salaries and have been set aside to influence the tribunal members.
“I hate to believe this but Nigeria being what it is and considering the desperation of Ortom to rule and reign it could be a possibility. Buhari is the president of Nigeria not of APC and should remain neutral and impartial. He should rather investigate how Ortom emerged as APC candidate.
Tsav accused Senator George Akume of being at the centre of what he considers to be glaring injustice and rape of democracy which he said is shrouded in brazen corruption.

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