Nigerian Justice Boloukuoromo M. Ugo has resigned from the bench in a surprising and unusual decision, citing demands from the executive branch that he fears would destroy the country’s democracy.
In a statement, Justice Ugo stated that siding with the administration on this issue would be the ‘death of Nigeria’s democracy,’ and that he could not keep mute in good conscience.
His resignation shook the country and prompted major concerns about the health of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
According to Justice Ugo’s statement, he was asked to ‘cripple the independence of the judiciary’ by ruling in favor of a certain political candidate, whom he did not name but is widely believed to be Bola Tinubu.
In addition to this, he was asked to suppress evidence and dismiss cases that could have an impact on the election.
Justice Ugo’s resignation has caused a serious uproar and a set back to the activities of the Presidential Election Petition Court.