Justice Ugo Resigns from PEPT, Citing Demands to ‘Kneecap’ Democracy
In a shocking and unprecedented move, Nigerian Justice Boloukuoromo M. Ugo has resigned from the bench, citing demands from the executive branch that he believes would destroy the country’s democracy.
In a statement, Justice Ugo said that siding with the government on this matter would be the ‘death of Nigeria’s democracy’, and that he could not in good conscience remain silent.
His resignation has sent shockwaves through the country and raised serious questions about the state of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
According to Justice Ugo’s statement, he was asked to ‘cripple the independence of the judiciary’ by ruling in favour of a certain political candidate, whose name he did not mention 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 setback to the activities of the Presidential Election Petition Court.
Justice Boloukuoromo Moses Ugo- The Bayelsa-State-born justice is from Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of the state. Born in 1965, Ugo began his education at the State school, Igbedi in Bayelsa state from 1972 to 1978. He proceeded to the Government Secondary School, Asoama, Sabagreia in Bayelsa state from 1977 to 1982. He attended the University of Calabar where he studied law from 1985 to 1989. He obtained his degree in law from the Nigeria Law School, Lagos in 1990.
Justice Ugo was appointed as a justice of the high court of Bayelsa state in March 2006. He became an appellate court justice in March 2014. He is ranked 44th on the seniority list of the Court of Appeal.