The Purported Suspension of CJN Onnoghen is an Act of Dictatorship Taken too Far- Atiku
The Presidential Candidate of the People’s democratic party, PDP, has said that the purported suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari, is an anti democratic act.
Atiku said further that he rejects it in its entirely and called on Justice Onnoghen and the judiciary to resist it with every legal and constitutional means that they can muster.
He made the statement while reacting to CJN’s suspension on Friday.
“This brazen dictatorial act is the latest action in the ongoing rape of our nation’s hard earned democracy by those who dined with anti democratic forces, and is symptomatic of the increasing desperation that President Buhari and the cabal pulling the strings have as February 16, 2019 draws near”.
He added that the fact that the unlawful suspension of Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen was announced just as it became public knowledge that the CJN was constituting the election petition tribunals is not lost on discerning Nigerians and the international community.
“This act of desperation is geared towards affecting the outcome of the 2019 Presidential elections. Indeed, it is not just the CJN that has been “suspended”, it is the Nigerian Constitution that has been infracted and, in effect, suspended, under the guise of the suspension of the CJN”.
He argued that the case involving the legality or otherwise of the charges against Onnoghen is in court, as it should be and so far, the judiciary has ruled in his favour. “So, why not allow the court to adjudicate on the matter? What is the pressing urgency”?
“I want to seize this opportunity to call for unity amongst the judiciary. Do not let the Muhammadu Buhari administration divide you. Do not let this government turn you against yourselves. The judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the defender of our democracy”.
Atiku urged the international community to follow the commendable example of the United States and the United Kingdom by intervening to make those involved in the undemocratic act know that their actions will have consequences. “Strong consequences”.
“And to the Nigerian electorate, I call on you to save your beloved country from dictatorship by voting against President Muhammadu Buhari’s desperate war against the judiciary. Our country is falling apart under the leadership of President Buhari and it is time to stand up for democracy”.