Investigation Into The Alleged Plan To Bribe Delta State House Of Assembly Election Tribunal Judges By Delta State House Of Assembly Speaker Mr. Monday Igbuya
– Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC)
An online newspaper, Sahara Reporters,! in its publication of 10th September, 2015 reported a desperate attempt by twenty-three (23) members of the Delta State House of Assembly under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to bribe a panel of Election Tribunal judges.
According to the report, two members of the Delta State House of Assembly, under the
platforms of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Labour Party (LP), disclosed
that 23 PDP members in the Delta State House of Assembly have already contributed a
sum of Five Million Naira (N5m) each with which to compromise the three-member panel
of judges and receive a favorable judgment against the Petitioners.
The report emphatically quoted the SDP House of Assembly lawmaker as saying “just
few days ago, I was approached by the Speaker of the House Mr. Monday Igbuya, whose
election has been challenged too, saying that twenty-three members of the House
under his Party, the PDP, have contributed N5million each, amounting to N115million
to have favorable judgments against the petitioners challenging their election.”
“The Speaker therefore advised me that I bring my own N5million to join to the
N115million already contributed for the settlement of the judges. Other members of
the House under the PDP approached me to buy into the project in order for me to get
victory at the tribunal. But I told the Speaker and other members who approached me
that since I am very confident that I won my April 11, 2015 election fair and square
I don’t need to bribe anybody to undermine justice,” the SDP lawmaker was reported
to have stated confidently.
Furthermore, according to the report, a Labour Party lawmaker narrated a similar
instance with Mr. Monday Igbuya describing how he “approached him, (LP lawmaker) to
bring N5million been contributions to settle the panel of judges at the House of
Assembly tribunal to get justice. He stated “When the pressure was becoming
unbearable for me, I asked the Speaker how he will go about it, and he told me in
confidence that 23 PDP members of the House already raised about N115m, and will be
rooted through Mrs. Pat Ajudua, a member of the House, representing Oshimili North
constituency, said to be a very close associate of one of the tribunal judges.”
Speaking further, He said “Monday Igbuya confided in me that he will not leave
anything to chance, that he is very desperate to save his seat. He is worried he
could lose his seat, which is why he decided to engage the services of Mrs. Pat
Ajudua, the wife of Nigeria famous fraudster Fred Ajudua, to compromise the tribunal
Saharareporters’ report also stated that from investigations gathered, the speaker
Mr. Igbuya, has a very bad case against him before the election tribunal hence the
desperation to get judgement in his favour. Members of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in the state was reported to have earlier raised an alarm on a plot to
compromise the panel members.
This is another serious allegation and evidential case of corrupt practices at its
peak and a calculated attempt to pervert the cause of justice, capable of
precipitating electoral violence. Where an election tribunal is compromised, the
matters before it will no longer be decided on its merit, thereby eroding the will
of the people to elect leaders of their choice which will invariably contribute
greatly in truncating this fragile democracy the country is currently grappling
In the light of this, CSNAC is therefore by this petition demanding that a thorough
investigation be launched into these allegations as reported to ascertain their
veracity or otherwise. This investigation should be extensive to include a detailed
collation of the phone call logs of Mr. Monday Igbuya, Mrs Pat Ajudua as well as the
tribunal chairman to determine if there has been any form of communication among
them which will go a long way in unravelling the circumstances surrounding these
allegations. The two members of assembly are to be invited by your office to
officially document their assertions as contained in the report. Where necessary,
the publishers of saharareporters can be reached for recordings of interviews with
the SDP and LP members of the Assembly on this allegation.
By acceding to this demand, you would have gone a long way in contributing to the
restoration of the judiciary to its status of “the last hope of the common man.”
Thank you in anticipation of your favourable cooperation and prompt action.
Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) is a coalition of over hundred and fifty Anti-corruption organizations whose primary aim is to constructively combat corruption vigorously and to ensure the effective monitoring of the various Anti-graft agencies in the fight against corruption and contribute towards the enthronement of transparency, accountability, probity and total commitment in the fight to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.
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