The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of hounding the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen in a bid to destabilize the Judiciary ahead of the upcoming presidential polls.
The PDP further explained that this move was to part of an elaborate scheme by the ruling party to create an atmosphere of fear amongst the Judiciary in order to get them to do their bidding.
CJN Onnoghen will be arraigned on Monday by the federal government.
This was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan who said, “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.
“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.”