The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of violating the constitution and exhibiting blatant disregard for the rule of law.
Atiku Abubakar stated this while, while addressing a World press conference in Abuja. The Press conference was called on the heels of the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Justice Onnoghen, was on Friday suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on the recommendation of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Chief justice of the federation is currently standing trial for corruption allegations and the non declaration of assets.
According to Atiku Abubakar, President Buhari’s action sets a new precedence that has no equivalence even in the darkest days of military dictatorship.
“I need to state that this latest action by General Muhammadu Buhari falls squarely within the pattern of executive lawlessness that has now been firmly turned into statecraft by the APC government.
“The serial disregard of court orders, and consequent violation of constitutionally guaranteed human rights of our citizens confirms beyond all doubt that General Buhari and his government would rather obey their own whims and operate by separate rules outside the well-established constitutional order and the rule of law. It scarcely requires emphasis that this behaviour is alien to democratic rule and more in line with that of a military dictator.
“We are all witnesses to how this government has serially assaulted the National Assembly, a separate arm of government that represents the bastion of our democracy. However, with this attack on the judiciary, General Buhari has set a new precedent in our democracy that has no equivalence in our history, not even in the darkest days of military dictatorship. This cannot be allowed to stand.”
He said while he supports the fight against corruption, the issue at stake is whether Onnoghen’s suspension was done “in accordance with the process specified in our constitution.”
He also asked the Buhari administration not to interfere with the forthcoming elections.
“At this juncture, I must warn the APC government to desist from taking actions that may push us further down the slippery slope towards a major constitutional crisis that could derail the electoral process,” he said.
“General Muhammadu Buhari must remember that he is a beneficiary of a free and fair election. It is therefore a matter of honour for him to allow a political environment and process that gives confidence to everyone.”
Onnoghen Suspension: NBA to embark on two day court boycott
The Nigerian Bar Association is embarking on a two day strike in protest of the suspension of the Chief Justice of the federation Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The NBA made the decision to boycott the courts at the national Executive Council meeting which was held on monday.
In a statement issued at the end of the meeting the NBA noted; “The Nigerian Bar Association rising from her NEC meeting has decided to embark on a two-day warning boycott of courts all over Nigeria over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by President Buhari,” the NBA said on Monday evening.
He was suspended from office by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday based on a controversial order by the CCT.