Onnoghen: Buhari Orchestrating Destruction of Democracy, says Secondus

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen

Onnoghen: Buhari Orchestrating Destruction of Democracy, says Secondus

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus has accused the Federal Government of orchestrating the destruction of the nation’s democracy.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen

This, according to the party chairman, was part of the “nefarious” agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the February presidential election.

Secondus, who was reacting to the arraignment of the Justice Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, said that the President and his team were arm twisting the Tribunal to force the CJN out of office.

In a statement Wednesday by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, the PDP chair said the APC was afraid that an independent Judiciary will obstruct its rigging plan.

He described the reported by the government on the CJN to vacate his seat as provocative, saying that it has left no one, including the global democracies in doubt that indeed democratic rule has been suspended in Nigeria to pave way for dictatorship.

“The blackmail, the frame up and the orchestration of fictitious figures in the CJN’s bank accounts by the government and their agents are all deliberate ploy to destroy the envious career of a man because of desperation for power

“What they are trying to do is not only illegal but a recipe for anarchy and breakdown of rule of law and must be vehemently resisted”, the party chair said.

Secondus said it’s now very glaring that President Buhari and his ruling APC have concluded plans to plunge the country into a major crisis in frustration for their apparent inevitable rejection by Nigerians.

He noted that trying to force the head of an arm of government out of office without following the clearly laid down procedures amounted to breach of rules and an invitation to major national crisis.

The party chair urged the CJN to disregard calls for his resignation and remain in office as the constitution guiding the operations of government is very clear on how he can be removed.

“President Buhari’s inclination to non-democratic behavour is now apparent as he moves to muscle all other arms of government as well as ingredients of democracy”, he added.

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