Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the federal government has mapped out strategies to intimidate 200 judges, especially those of the federal judiciary.
He said strategic credible intelligence intercepted by him revealed that a federal minister told a gathering that following the destabilisation of the Supreme Court, the next target would be the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court.
Speaking during the central healing service of the Greater Evangelism World Crusade yesterday in Port Harcourt, Wike said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has collected the asset declaration forms of 200 judges from the Code of Conduct Bureau for the planned mass onslaught.
He said: “I intercepted a discussion by a minister of the Federal Executive Council where he was telling a gathering that they are happy that they have dealt with the Supreme Court. The minister said 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 APC-led 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 APC-led government would generate several false allegations to compel upright judges to resign from the bench.
He called on the church to pray for the Federal Judiciary to survive “the deadly siege of the APC-led federal government.”
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 election, Wike urged the people to vote for the revival of the country. He said the country is not doing well and needs to make progress.
He thanked the church for praying for peaceful and credible polls in Rivers State.
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 Wike’s passion for prayers as a platform for making a difference in a Christian society.
He said every leader must have a listening ear and the ability to respond to the needs of the people by addressing their challenges.
He 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.”