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PDP Rejects Duplication Of CJN By Buhari



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January 25, 2019

Press Statement

…Demands NASS, UK, US To List Buhari, APC for Sanction

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety, the attempts 
by President Muhammadu Buhari to foist an illegal Chief Justice on the 
nation while the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter 
Onnoghen is still in office.

The PDP firmly holds that such impunity cannot stand, as Nigeria is a 
nation governed by law and not by the whims and caprices of a 
dictatorial leader. President Buhari wants to ruin our country and we 
will never allow him.

The PDP says Nigerians must reject the incendiary move by President 
Buhari to forcefully suspend our constitution, annex the judicial arm of 
government and open the nation up for full-blown totalitarianism to 
achieve his self-succession bid, having realized that he cannot win in 
the 2019 general election.

President Buhari’s action in attempting to unilaterally appoint a Chief 
Justice and foist him on our country is a direct invitation to anarchy, 
national confusion and a monumental crisis capable of derailing our 
democracy and destroying our corporate existence as a nation.

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It is now clear to the world that President Buhari, in his selfish 
self-succession bid, is out to cause mayhem in our nation and truncate 
the smooth conduct of the 2019 election, not minding the consequential 
human and material losses.

There can be no two Chief Justices of Nigeria. Our constitution is clear 
on how a Chief Justice is appointed and removed as such does not lie on 
the prerogative of the President. As such, we urge all Nigerians and the 
international community to recognize only Justice Walter Onnoghen as the 
Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Furthermore, the PDP invites the international community and 
particularly the United States and the United Kingdom to note that this 
assault on the judiciary is geared towards subverting the 2019 general 
elections and as such immediately list President Buhari and APC leaders 
for proposed sanctions on election riggers and perpetrators of violence 
in the general election.

The world already knows how the Buhari administration has trying to 
compromise the electoral process, including the refusal to sign the 
amendment to the Electoral Act, as well as the foisting of Mr. 
President’s relation by marriage, Mrs. Amina Zakari to coordinate the 
collation of Presidential election results.

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The PDP wants President Buhari to know that this nation belongs to all 
Nigerians. Our nation is a democratic state governed by the constitution 
and the law and Nigerians will never allow anybody to appropriate 
rulership to himself outside the dictates of the law.

President Buhari tried to forcefully remove the leadership of the 
National Assembly and fail. His attempt to annex the judiciary and 
impose a Chief Justice that will surrender the judiciary to him, is also 
already dead on arrival.

Finally, the PDP calls on the National Assembly to immediately reconvene 
and proceed with legislative actions against President Buhari for this 
gross misconduct.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO)

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