Former Vice President cum PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the planned arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, by the Federal government on Monday January 14th. The Federal government plans to arraign Onnoghen over his alleged refusal to declare his assets since his assumption of office.
Reacting to this development, Atiku in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu today January 12th, Atiku said the plot to sack Justice Onnoghen was a preemptive by the party in the face of imminent defeat it will suffer come February 16th.
“We have just been made aware of the plot by President Muhammadu Buhari the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sack Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen using flimsy assets declaration issues as a pretext. We are aware that there are plans to arraign Justice Onnoghen before the Justice Danladi Yakubu Umar led-Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday, January 14, 2019.
“The charge against Onnoghen, we understand has already been filed and served on him last Friday at his official residence in Abuja preparatory to his appearance at the Tribunal.
”But we warn that despite the clandestine meetings in the highest echelon of the APC and also involving some top officials of the federal government which include the Code of Conduct Tribunal, neither Buhari nor the APC can re-write the Nigerian Constitution just because of its impending defeat at the February 16, presidential election.
“Heavens did not fall when PDP lost to the APC in 2015. And heavens will not fall now that the APC is sure to lose to the PDP, seeing that the APC’s plan to rig in the forthcoming elections will not pull through.” the statement read.