OrderPaperToday – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the planned arraignment of the Chief Justice of the Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onneghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is a ploy to annex the judiciary by President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the general elections in February.
The main opposition party instead called on the federal government to ensure the prosecution of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and the national chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole, over alleged corruption.
The party in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, accused the Buhari presidency of plotting to destabilize and annex the Judiciary ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The party stated that the, “All Progressives Congress (APC) and cabal at the Buhari Presidency are hounding Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen and seeking his removal so as to cause a constitutional crisis, instill fear in judicial officers and pave way for the foisting of a pliable CJN that will do their bidding on electoral matters.”
The PDP disclosed that the travails of the CJN followed “allegations that the APC seeks a new CJN that will aid its rigging schemes as well as execute the plot to use the court to detain and put opposition members and outspoken members of Civil Society Organizations out of circulation during the general elections.
“This development is a clear recipe for anarchy and a huge crisis that is capable of fracturing our justice system and derail our democracy as it portends a prelude to a total clamp down on institutions of democracy and rule of law in our country.”
The party in the statement urged the President to start the cleaning of the system from his house, starting with the Police Chief, Ibrahim Idris.
“Moreover, if President Buhari is committed to cleaning up the system as he claims, we challenge him to allow the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, whose tenure has expired and who had also been rejected by Nigerians due to his manifest partisanship, to go.
“President Buhari should also ask Amina Zakari to recuse herself from INEC following her rejection by Nigerians over issues of impropriety in her appointment as Chairperson of the Presidential election collation committee.
“Furthermore, we challenge Mr. President to also commence plans for the immediate prosecution of members of his campaign organization, including his co-Chairman, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the factional National Chairman of his APC, Adams Oshiomhole over allegations of corruption against them.”