Onnoghen: PDP Accuses Presidency Of Plotting To Annex The Judiciary

Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Buhari Presidency of 
plotting to destabilize and annex the Judiciary ahead of the 2019 
general elections.

The party  also alerts of allegations 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.

This is particularly following 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 PDP therefore urges all Nigerians, the United Nations and all 
international bodies to unite in the defence of our democracy, 
especially at this very critical time in our political development.

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.

Finally, the PDP counsels the APC to note that it has been rejected by 
Nigerians and as such should end all its actions and schemes that 
overheat the polity and place our nation on the precipice.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

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