Atedo Peterside, the Founder of Stanbic IBTC and Anap Foundation, has lent his voice to the “All Eyes on the Judiciary” slogan, asserting that it should not be seen as offensive by individuals of sound judgment. This phrase has gained prominence in recent months, appearing on billboards across Abuja during the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal proceedings. The tribunal is handling the legal challenge by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), who are contesting the victory of President Bola Tinubu from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Tinubu emerged as the winner of the closely watched February 25 election, securing 8,794,726 votes compared to Abubakar’s 6,984,520 votes and Obi’s 6,101,533.
Following Tinubu’s declaration as the winner, Obi and Atiku decided to pursue legal avenues with the rallying cry of “All Eyes on the Judiciary,” which quickly gained traction.
While this slogan has faced criticism, Peterside expressed his support for it through X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. He argued that “#AllEyesOnTheJudiciary” is a neutral phrase that, in a civilized society, should not ruffle the feathers of a reasonable and sincere person. He contrasted it with a hypothetical negative slogan, suggesting that one like “Let us turn our noses up at the Judiciary” would likely be more divisive.
Peterside’s perspective comes in the wake of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) dissolving its Advertising Standards Panel due to the controversy surrounding the billboards displaying this slogan. Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, the Director General of ARCON, explained that the panel did not approve the concepts depicted on the billboards. He further mentioned that the advertising council had instructed the immediate removal of all materials associated with these billboards and imposed sanctions on those responsible.
The discourse surrounding the “All Eyes on the Judiciary” slogan continues to provoke discussion on the role of the judiciary in electoral processes and the appropriate communication of such matters through advertising.