Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a recent statement accused President Muhammadu Buhari of intimidating judges so that they can do his bidding after 2019 general elections.
The former president stated this at the 70th birthday of Josephine Anenih, a former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development.
According to Obasanjo, the APC is converting the security agencies and financial crime agencies to instruments for fighting political opponents.
“Some institutions created for normal administration and dispensation of Justice, like the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Ministry of Justice are being directed to witch-hunt and pursue political opponents.”
“The use of intimidation, violence and physical attacks have started in some states. It is understood that judges are already being intimidated so as to prepare them to do the ruling party’s bidding in election petitions. All there are visible in today’s practice of democracy in Nigeria.
“For me, that after almost 20 years of the beginning of the present dispensation, it has not been derailed, is enough a development in progress, even though there are many unpalatable practices and dangerous signs that have shown their ugly heads, which is the strongest indication that our democracy is alive, but it cannot be said to be hale and hearty. Practitioners of democracy must be democrats”
He further urged the inclusion of women in politics, saying that the 1999 constitution should be amended to include 40% slot for women in government.
“In this present administration, there are 15 women members in the house of representatives. It is not only unacceptable but makes mockery of gender balance.”
“There must be amendment of our constitution, not to allow any gender to have less than 40 percent in any parliament. The health of our democracy can be judged by the participation of women. Democracy is a system of government that allows team spirit and debate before decisions are reached; it is a government for all citizens to benefit without fear or favour.”