- The APC has responded to statements made by the PDP on the planned arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen
- In a statement on Sunday, January 13, the ruling party said that the PDP is kicking against the move to prosecute the CJN because it is sympathetic to corruption
- The APC further said that the fight against corruption remains a cardinal promise made by the Buhari-led government to Nigerians
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is sympathetic to corruption.
This remark by the ruling party was in response to a statement allegedly made by the opposition over the planned move to arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen
The PDP had reportedly said that the charges against the CJN is a move by the APC-led federal government to cause “a constitutional crisis” and “instill fear in judicial officers” to favour itself.
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However, in a statement made available to Legit.ng published on Sunday, January 13, signed by Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC's spokesman, the ruling party said: "Following reports of the move to prosecute Justice Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of the Federation, over an alleged infraction on the Code of Conduct laws, the swift statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemning the purported move has again exposed the Party as one with a natural inclination to rise up in defence of cases of alleged corruption.
"Resort to baseless postulations anytime issues of corruption is leveled against public officers only confirm what Nigerians already know. PDP and corruption are siamese twins that are difficult to separate from each other.
"One would have thought that the PDP will call for impartial investigations when corruption cases are levelled against public officers, but spinning falsehoods and conspiracies remains the opposition party's favourite past time.
"The fight against corruption remains a cardinal promise made by the APC to the electorate. We assure the PDP and indeed all Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration remains uncompromising in its determination to rid the country of this malady.
"As noted on many occasions by President Buhari, it is only those who have committed crimes that need to worry. The APC administration will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute any public officer if and when such is indicted for corruption.
"Achieving acceptable elections in all democratic climes is a collective effort which require the contributions and support of all well-meaning Nigerians, political parties, institutions and sundry interests.
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"Commendably, in successive elections conducted under the APC administration, the Party has played by the rules, which has led to credible elections. This cannot be said of the PDP era when state institutions were deployed to manipulate the electoral process.
"The PDP's baseless conspiracy theory on APC's participation in the 2019 general elections should hereby be disregarded. We remain solidly committed to ensure that the forthcoming election go on record as one of the freest, most credible and peaceful elections in the country."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had allegedly asked the CJN to immediately vacate his office as head of the nation’s judiciary over issues bordering on non-declaration of assets.
The federal government will arraign the CJN before the Justice Danladi Yakubu led- Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on Monday, January 14.
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