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Onnoghen: Presidency wants to truncate Nigeria’s democracy – Ortom


The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said that the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and his hasty replacement is an attempt by the presidency to truncate democracy and throw the country into anarchy.

Governor Ortom, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terve Akase, stated that by the unconstitutional sacking of the CJN, the presidency has demonstrated that it does not believe in the rule of law, due process and the principle of separation of powers.

He said the suspension of the CJN is not only a slap on the judiciary but the action also exposes the present administration’s desperate self-secession bid at the expense of the country’s unity and its continued existence.

The Governor wonders why the current administration which has no antecedent of respecting court orders acted swiftly relying on a ‘directive’ from the Code of Conduct Tribunal to suspend the CJN.

He said the hurried removal of Justice Onnoghen appears to have the imprints of the cabal which the president’s wife said is running the government.

Governor Ortom advises the presidency to remember that its integrity is at stake and should reverse the CJN’s suspension in the interest of the country.

The Governor stated that the All Progressives Congress administration has left no one in doubt regarding its agenda to manipulate the 2019 elections.

He called on all Nigerians to reject the illegal removal of CJN Onnoghen and every other attempt by the ruling APC to cause constitutional crisis in the country.



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