Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday alleged of a plot by the Federal Government to intimidate 200 judges, especially those of the federal judiciary.
The governor hinged his claim on what he called “strategic credible intelligence” intercepted by him.
He said the report showed a minister told a gathering that “following the destabilisation of the Supreme Court, the next target will be the Court of Appeal and Federal High Court”.
But the President said the governor was afraid of his shadow and crying wolf where none existed.
Speaking during service of the Greater Evangelism World Crusade in Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has collected the asset declaration forms of 200 judges from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for the planned mass onslaught.
He said: “I intercepted a discussion by a minister where he was telling a gathering that they are happy that they have dealt with the Supreme Court. The Minister said that the next set would be the Court of Appeal judges and the Federal High Court judges. The minister said any judge that fails to cooperate will face trump-up charges and compelled to resign.
“This Federal Government has gone to the Code of Conduct Bureau to get the asset declaration forms of 200 judges. Any judge that fails to follow their evil plot, will be harassed with false allegations and persecution.”
The governor noted that the government will generate several false allegations to compel upright judges to resign from the bench.
Governor Wike called on the Church to pray for the federal judiciary to survive what he described as “deadly siege”.
He said: “The Church should continually pray for the Federal Judiciary. The judiciary in Nigeria is under siege. If anything happens to the judiciary, our democracy is in trouble.
“The Church needs to pray for the judges to remain strong in the face of intimidation and harassment.”
On the forthcoming general elections, Wike urged the people to vote for the revival of the country, which he said must make progress.
International Director of Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Pastor Isaac Olori, said the forthcoming general elections are crucial to the country moving away from the era of under-development and siege.
He said that the Church shares in governor Wike’s passion for prayers as a platform for making a difference in a Christian society.
Pastor Olori said every leader must have a listening ear and the ability to respond to the needs of the people by addressing their challenges.
The cleric said: “We are not looking for helpless people to lead us. We want leaders with capacity. That is why the forthcoming elections are very important.
“If anyone is looking for leadership, be prepared to make a difference in the society.”
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