The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has urged the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, to persuade Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati, to deliver judgment in his fundamental rights enforcement suit which was held back on Tuesday.
Saraki had by the suit, urged the court presided over by Justice Abdu-Kafarati in Abuja, to halt his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on the grounds that it flouted his rights to fair hearing.
But the judge withdrew from the case and refused to deliver the judgment which he had on March 1 scheduled to read on Tuesday.
The judge said his decision followed online reports which accused him having been compromised by Saraki to rule in his favour with N2bn.
But Saraki, in a protest letter dated March 22, 2016 by his lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, noted that although he sympathised with the judge, the interest of justice could only be served if the judgment was delivered.
The letter read in part, “Although, one cannot but sympathise with the hard-working judges, who are the victims of these vicious attacks, nevertheless, we find ourselves in disagreement with his (Justice Abdu-Kafarati) that the interest of justice would be served by withholding his judgment and returning the matter to your Lordship for reassignment.
“In our view, the abdication by Justice Abdu-Kafarati not only fails to meet the end of justice, it also gives momentum to the growth of blackmail tactics and dishonourable conduct targeted at obstructing the administration of justice.
“It would, therefore, set a bad example if your Lordship accedes to Justice Abdu-Kafarati’s request to allow him to withhold his prepared judgment in this action because of the fear of ephemeral public opinion.
“We write to seek your lordship’s most urgent intervention to prevail on honourable Justice Abdu-Kafarati to have his judgment read, so that the very essence of such an important application under the fundamental rights (enforcement procedure) Rules 2009 may not be completely lost and the entire judicial process brought to avoidable ridicule.”