Onoja declares “Judiciary will be the victim if the political system fails”.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ogu James Onoja, has cautioned that the judiciary will be the victim, if the current political system fails, and tasked judges on professionalism to ensure that only properly elected leaders are sworn in.
He gave the caution at his country home at Ofante Ogugu, in Olamoboro local council area of Kogi State during Unyi-Ogugu football tournament.
Onoja expressed concern that the failure of the political system has a direct impact on everyone, whether in the private practice or judiciary.
“My advice to judges is for them to bear in mind that the success of the nation’s democracy depends on the judiciary. They have a bigger role to play and if they do anything that brings disrepute to the judiciary, we are the ones who will bear the consequences.
“At the end of the day, politicians, and the parliamentarians will do their own and rush to the judiciary, which is expected to be the hope of the common man,” he said.
Onoja said whatever happens in Kogi State also affects him, adding that when salaries are not paid, he sends money to his people who are civil servants.
He cautioned that it is not possible for anything that happens anywhere in the country not to affect others.
“It is a fact that the failure of the system is the failure of all of us,” he said.
He stressed that at a time like this, there is political tension, with the fear that the country could collapse, with every body’s heart is in his mouth because anything can happen.
However, he also expressed a strong belief in the strength of the country to stay together as one entity.
Onoja explained that the failure of the country’s political system has overwhelmed the judiciary, especially as political cases coming to court after the elections, would cause suspension on other litigations.
According to him, there will be a stopgap for land matters, and civil matters that are not politically related, all of which culminate to
The senior advocate of Nigeria added that in pre-election matters, under the current electoral law, one must be in court within 14 days, as was the basis of Senator Attai Aidoko’s case.
Also, other cases in the court must be determined within sixty days, which is also good for the system, because people had used the time factor to delay justice.”