CJN: APC slams South South govs over Onnoghen’s absence in court
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has carpeted the forum of South South governors who on Sunday advised the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen not to appear before Justice Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The Federal Government through the Code of Conduct Bureau had on Friday filed six counts of non-declaration of assets against the CJN, who was due for arraignment before the CCT on Monday but was absent.
Speaking on Onnoghen’s absence in court, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu while briefing newsmen in Abuja, accused South South governors of dividing Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines.
He noted that they (South South governors) led by Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson at an emergency meeting are “trying to heat up the polity by evoking primordial sentiments”.
He said, “The call by the PDP’s South South Governors for the CJN’s boycott of the CCT trial further cements our position. Let it be reiterated that nobody no matter how highly placed should be above the laws of the land.
“We wish to put on record that the virulent attack that has come from the PDP in the wake of the trial of the CJN over alleged false asset declaration is particularly worrisome and suspicious when the PDP has in fact called for the removal of virtually all heads of government’s arms, particularly the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Inspector General of the Police over frivolous issues.
The APC spokesperson, who further decried the opposition PDP over its position, insisted that law must take its course on present misconduct of CJN reiterating that “the PDP is always quick to defend the corrupt practices.”
According to him, “In our earlier statement on the CJN’s CCT trial, we had noted the PDP’s shocking and innate proclivity to defend cases of corruption anytime it arises.
“The CCT trial is a legal matter, let the law run its course. The CJN must go through the instrumentalities of the courts, more importantly as an institution he represents. Indeed, this is the true test of our constitution, rule of law and will deepen democracy.”