Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that APC has deliberately threatened the foundation of democracy by its intimidation of the judiciary through false allegations and illegal arrests.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday during a courtesy visit by the Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Wike warned lawyers to not allow the deliberate destruction of the judiciary under any guise.
He stated that because of the orchestrated harassment of judges by the ruling party, no judge will ever deliver judgments against the interest of the Federal Government and the ruling party.
"Our democracy is in danger. Our democracy has been threatened. What is happening to the judiciary is very deep. NBA must be careful of the deep implications of what it is also doing in the course of the present attack on the judiciary. All these actions are geared towards silencing everybody as we head to 2019.
If anybody tells you that they are fighting corruption in the judiciary, tell the person that he is lying. They have empowered politicians to write frivolous petitions against judges. Whether or not the petition is true, the judge is compelled to step aside," Wike said.Speaking further, he said:
"Any judge who delivers a judgement that is against the interest of the ruling party, is hounded down by the DSS. They have intimidated judicial officers and put fear in them in a manner that is negatively affecting governance ".