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2019 Elections: Persecution of Justice Onnoghen was politically motivated – Political Activist

Justice Walter Onnoghen’s persecution was politically motivated, and was not done in good faith, but was an attack on the innocent man by the Buhari administration in its plan to thwart the will of the Nigerian people, confirmed by Timi Frank, a Political Activist.

According to Mr. Frank, the statement credited to the Presidential spokesman, Mr. Festus Keyamo,  that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who resigned recently, had a plan to use judicial power to annul the February 23, 2019, Presidential election and hand over the victory to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar is an admission and a corroboration of what Nigerian have always known.

Continuing, Frank said that the presidency, as it was, is finally caught in what he (Frank) described as ‘freudian slip’, in line with the revelations by the Personal Assistant to the President Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie and the spokesman of the President’s campaign, Festus Keyamo, which has to do with President Buhari and the former CJN Walter Onnoghen.

”While reacting to both Festus Kayamo and Lauretta Onochie’s statements, through a statement he signed Monday in Abuja, Frank recalled that on Monday, April 15, 2019, the president’s aide on social media said ‘the Atiku’s plan was for Justice Onnoghen to annul the results of 17 major states won by President Buhari, thereby giving victory to you guessed who, yes, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. But Justice Onnoghen confessed to crimes against our nation.’

According to Timi Frank, the above statement is prima facie evidence that the Buhari government never planned to hold credible elections and that they are using the state to sponsor an attack on the judiciary in order to cow the learned justices into giving a judgment favourable to President Buhari.

“Nigerians may recall that the petition used to suspend Justice Onnoghen was written by one Dennis Aghanya, who is a former spokesman to President Buhari and is presently one of his confidantes. Nigerians may further recall that the Code of Conduct Bureau received the petition on Saturday, January 12, 2019, which is normally a day that the judiciary does not function.

“It would further be recalled that the Code of Conduct Bureau acted on the matter on Monday, January 14, 2019, and that never in the history of the Code of Conduct Bureau has a petition been given such breathtaking accelerated speed to the extent that the Code of Conduct Tribunal admitted that it had not finished investigating the case before it charged Justice Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal”.

Frank, who called on the international community to quickly intervene, said thus; “Mr. Dennis Aghanya’s and Miss Onochie’s actions are enough evidence for the international community to intervene on the side of the Nigerian people and the judiciary lest the brinksmanship of the Buhari administration leads the nation to the precipice.

“Already, the desperation of this government has seen them advance a ridiculous defense to the petition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the Election Petition Tribunal, to the effect that Atiku Abubakar is not a Nigerian and that President Buhari does not need a West African Examinations Certificate (school leaving certificate) to contest for the Presidency. Yet, this same All Progressive Congress is challenging the competency of Senator Ademola Adeleke of Osun State on the grounds that he has no WAEC certificate.” Timi Frank had also called on Nigerians and the international community to rally to the defense of the judiciary “before they are completely emasculated by this dishonourable and desperate administration.”

Source: vanguardngr.com

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Joseph Athanasius

Joseph Athanasius is a Public Affairs Commentator and News Writer at InfoGuide Nigeria News.

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