National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, on Wednesday said that the federal Government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari is orchestrating the destruction of democracy in the country because of the nefarious agenda of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig next month’s Presidential election.
Secondus, in a statement by his spokesman, Ike Abonyi, said that the President and his team are arm twisting the Code of Conduct Tribunal to force out the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen because they believe that an independent Judiciary will obstruct their rigging plan.
The National Chairman, who was reacting to the Tuesday’s court proceedings and report that Federal Government had asked the CJN to vacate office, said that the illegal provocative action has left no one including the global democracies in doubt that indeed democratic rule has been suspended in Nigeria to pave way for dictatorship.
“The blackmail, the frame up and the orchestration of fictitious figures in the CJN’s bank accounts by the government and their agents are all deliberate ploy to destroy the envious career of a man because of desperation for power
“What they are trying to do is not only illegal but a recipe for anarchy and breakdown of rule of law and must be vehemently resisted
The National Chairman of the main opposition party said that it’s now very glaring that President Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have concluded plans to plunge this country into a major crisis in frustration for their apparent inevitable rejection by Nigerians.
He said that trying to force the head of an arm of government out of office without following the clearly laid down procedures amounts to breach of rules and an invitation to major national crisis.
Secondus urged the CJN to disregard the directives and remain in his office as the constitution guiding the operations of government is very clear on how he can be removed.
“President Buhari’s inclination to non-democratic behavour is now apparent as he moves to muscle all other arms of government as well as ingredients of democracy.
The main opposition leader directed all lovers of democracy and rule of law in our country to wake up as it’s now obvious that APC administration is determined to wreck Nigeria’s democracy all because they are being rejected by Nigerians.
“The agenda is not hidden, which is to truncate democracy rather than face the Nigerian electorate.
He said that the CJN should disregard the directive from the executive as it did not follow the requirement of the law
He said President Buhari has released his fangs on the judiciary as part of the intimidation agenda of the regime preparatory to the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.
“Because of what they have in stock, their nefarious plans to thwart the will of the people in the forthcoming general election, they want to raise the level of the intimidation of all critical organs of democracy, the legislature, the Judiciary including but not limited to the fourth estate of the realm, the press.
“What other evidence do we need to show that threat to democracy is real and evident with President Buhari abhorring all known ingredients of democracy including rule of law”
Secondus added that the true colour of the President is now out and Nigeria is returning to 1984 when all instruments of democracy was destroyed in the country under the supervision of the then General Buhari.
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