CHIEF JUDGE of the Federal
High, Justice Ibrahim Ndai Auta,
yesterday, revealed why the court
did not disqualify President
Muhammadu Buhari from
contesting the 2015 presidential
election in spite of several court
cases against him.
Justice Auta, who spoke on the
occasion of the 2017/2018 legal
year held in Abuja, disclosed
that the court, as an unbiased
arbiter, took the decision so as to
allow a level playing ground for
all contestants in such a general
election.
In the same vein, the chief
judge hinted that attempts to
prevent some National Assembly
members from contesting the
2015 polls on account of their
defection from one party to
another was resisted by court so
as to allow all eligible candidates
to test their popularity among
the Nigerian people.
Justice Auta therefore asked
Nigerians to be grateful to the
judiciary for preserving the
unity of the country through
unbiased decisions.
“Despite all pressures to stop
certain members of the National
Assembly as a result of their
abandonment of the party that
brought them to power, the court
insisted that every candidate
must be allowed to test his/her
popularity.
“Secondly, the attempt to stop
the president from contesting
was also rejected by this court.
This is because we in the Federal
High Court preferred a level
playing ground to all candidates.
“It is this option and insistence
of this court that has kept the
country together during and
after the election. The Nation
therefore owes it to the judiciary
and particularly Federal High
Court for the unity of this
country”, he said.
While he said the court joins
other Nigerians to pray for the
good health of the president in
his bid to provide quality and
exemplary leadership for the
country, Justice Auta, however
charged judges to be bold in
taking far reaching decisions
even in the face of persecution
in order to preserve the unity
of Nigeria as well as continue to repose confidence in the
judiciary as the last hope of
ordinary Nigerians.
“I urge you to be the reason
the common man would
believe in the goodness of the
system. Do not be worried
about the social media and
those that deliver judgment on
the pages of newspaper.
“The job of judging is a
special gift from God and in
the end you will face God to
justify your actions.I pray
that God changes our mind
to think more about the unity
of Nigeria where everyone is
treated as one and the same.
Our job is perhaps the only one
that guarantee the aspirations
of our founding fathers”, he
added.

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