Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

The Presidency has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to drag it into their current smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

In a statement on Sunday, the Presidency debunked all claims that an arm of the government had indicted the President of the Nigerian Court of Appeal.

Reports claiming that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services, DSS has indicted Bulkachuwa of corruption are the latest of this sponsored campaign aimed at causing disaffection between the Executive and the Judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation, the Presidency said.

The statement further stressed that it is offensive to link the Presidency with the campaign against Justice Bulkachuwa.

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It read, While the PDP and its candidates are free to exercise their right to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election, it is unacceptable to drag the name of the President or other organs of the executive branch into the campaign of character assassination against the President of the Court of Appeal.

The Presidency in its communique through Mr. Garba Shehu, argued that the DSS doesnt conduct its duties in the manner so described by the PDP.

It (the Presidency) further argued that the opposition party cannot use a fake security report to drag the presidency into a smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal.

The Presidency also said that PDPs attack on judges because the outcomes of cases dont favour them, and keeping quiet when the verdict is in their favour, smacks of insincerity, double standard, and mischief.

Intimidating and impugning the character of judges in order to force them to bow to blackmail is against the spirit of an independent judiciary.

The PDP praised the verdict of the Osun gubernatorial election tribunal because it favoured them, but they are now singing a different tune because they lost their appeal.

We cannot keep changing the definition of an independent judiciary to suit our political convenience and bias without ultimately creating chaos in the system.

According to the Presidency, if thePDP continues to blackmail and smear judges with fake news stories, the nation will ultimately find itself dealing with a situation where judges may be afraid to handle cases, thereby creating delays in the dispensation of justice.

The Presidency further argued that if it had any influence on election petition tribunals, APC candidates wouldnt have lost a single case before the courts.