– Muhammadu Buhari floored Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 general election and Professor Itse Sagay has revisited the issues involved
– Sagay said Nigeria would have been worse than Zimbabwe if President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress had lost the election
– But spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dayo Adeyeye, reacted sharply saying Sagay was an embarrassment
Professor Itse Sagay, who chairs the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACC), has revealed what would have happened to Nigeria had President Muhammadu Buhari lost the 2015 general election.
Premium Times reports that Sagay said this on Monday, October 17, 2016, adding: “If Buhari had not come, I don’t think there would have been a country. Zimbabwe would have been better.”
Sagay, who was reportedly speaking at an event to mark the one year anniversary of his committee, took out time to review what would have happened to the country without Buhari.
He said: “We know of some governors who are not supposed to be there, but found themselves on the bloody seats with the help of some judges.”
In his reaction, however, spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dayo Adeyeye, said Sagay was embarrassing himself and the legal profession where he belongs.
Speaking about the scandal rocking the judiciary, Sagay said: “We need the judiciary, but we need an upright judiciary. If we don’t have a judiciary with moral integrity, then we don’t have a democracy.
“No agency would have dared to arrest (Charles) Oputa, (Andrews) Obaseki, (Kayode) Eso, and some others. They gave judgments against the military governments. The moral authority of the golden era of the Supreme Court has crashed.”
Mr. Sagay’s committee recommended a plea bargaining mechanism as an efficient alternative means of settling corruption cases.
Premium Times quotes Adeyeye as saying: “Itse Sagay is someone who is widely known to make statements that embarrass not only himself but the legal profession he purports to represent.
“This is because Nigerians know that the country would have been far better than now were PDP still in power.
“He is defending a man who plunged Nigeria’s economy into recession within one year.
“He calls himself an academic who knows the rule of law and he’s supporting actions that portend grave danger for the country and they’re running Nigeria like a jungle.”