By Christiana Ekpa
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives, has assured Nigerians that they shall stand together against anti-democratic forces who are desperate to subvert Nigeria’s constitution.
The PDP lawmakers who spoke against the backdrop of the removal and replacement of Justice Walter Onnoghen with Justice Tanko Mohammed, said it will stand against any move to “short-circuit the legal process and truncate democracy out of sheer desperation to cling to power at all costs”
The Deputy Minority leader of the House, and the spokesperson of the Caucus, Hon. Chukwuka Wilfred Onyema (Anambra PDP) in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja and titled “Reinstatement of Dictatorial Arbitrariness in the Removal of the CJN” said the hurried timing of the action, close to the next election suggests a hidden and perverse agenda by the government.
The statement reads; “It is no surprise that within a short while, President Muhammadu Buhari’s unprecedented unilateral replacement of Justice Walter Onnoghen with Justice Tanko Mohammed has reverberated so loudly across the world; so has news of how Onnoghen’s residence was unjustifiably blanketed by forces of coercion during the weekend
“The PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives hereby assures millions of law-abiding, democracy-loving Nigerians who have respect for process that we shall stand together against anti-democratic forces who are desperate to subvert Nigeria’s constitution, short-circuit the legal process and truncate our democracy out of sheer desperation to cling to power at all costs.
According to him, “We commend all Nigerians who have expressed their concern about this slide into dictatorship; our mass media, especially PUNCH must be singled out for the bold and objective perspective of its Saturday, January 26, 2019 titled ‘CJN’s suspension: A dictator bares his fangs’.