Reno Omokri, a former presidential spokesman, strongly criticized Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, for his statement about the Supreme Court undermining the trust of Nigerians in the judiciary. Obi had broken his silence two weeks after the Supreme Court invalidated his petitions against President Bola Tinubu’s election.
In response to Obi’s comments, Omokri remarked, “Peter Obi may have a point or not when he suggests that the Supreme Court eroded the confidence of Nigerians in the judiciary. This is a matter of opinion.”
However, Omokri emphasized the need for everyone to avoid actions that could erode confidence in the Supreme Court because they serve as a vital safeguard against chaos.
He reminded that in the past, the same Supreme Court had assisted Peter Obi in reclaiming his mandate as the Governor of Anambra, and at that time, Obi had lauded the Supreme Court as a defender of Nigeria’s democracy. Omokri questioned what had changed between then and now.
Omokri pointed out the inconsistency in Peter Obi’s perspective, stating that he cannot view the Supreme Court as virtuous when he wins and then vilify it when he loses. He stressed that the Supreme Court is considered infallible because its decisions are final, and for Peter Obi to criticize it due to his loss is to undermine the bedrock of our democracy.