Onnoghen: CUPP releases ‘leaked’ NJC resolution
The fate of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, is sealed according to a leaked memo released by the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP.
CUPP on Sunday in Abuja claimed it had obtained the draft resolution of the National Judicial Council, NJC, signed by the Acting Chairman of the Council, Justice Umaru Abdullahi.
Spokesman of the CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement, said Onnoghen will be asked to compulsorily retire, while Justice Tanko Mohammed, who was sworn-in by President Muhammadu Buhari as the acting CJN, will be confirmed and his name recommended to the president for confirmation as the substantive CJN.
“The Acting Chairman of the NJC Justice Umaru Abdullahi (Rtd) has already sealed a deal with the Presidency, has received the draft resolution and has already commenced his role of persuading members of the NJC to support the government and adopt the resolution.
“Justice Umaru Abdullahi who happens to come from Katsina State and was also a classmate of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Katsina Government Secondary School has reached certain understanding with the Presidency.
“Nigerians will recall that this same Umaru Abdullahi was one of the first persons recruited by President Muhammadu Buhari to defend his controversial Certificate sage by claiming that Buhari wrote the WAEC exam.
“The members of the NJC who have refused to be compromised have been promised that they will face the government music. At least couple of the NJC members have been told that they can only say NO if they are sure nothing can be found on them otherwise they should comply.
“Justice Umaru Abdullahi is completely compromised and should step aside for compromising the meeting and decisions of the NJC and receiving a draft copy of resolution from the Presidential Villa.
“The precedent of the decision of the NJC as was used in the case of Abia State has been excused and Justice Tanko Mohammed absolved of any collaboration with the Executive to violate the constitution.
“The bridge of the NJC and the entire judiciary is at the brink of falling. We shall continue to do all within the ambits of the law to defend our constitutional democracy and we must not wary.”
Onnoghen was suspended by President Buhari over false assets declaration, a move that was heavily criticised and remains a sore point going into the elections.