- The trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, continues to generate reactions nationwide
- Some aides of President Buhari were quoted as saying the president was not aware of any plot against the CJN
- Former APC chieftain, Comrade Timi Frank, has dismissed such claims, saying the presidency cannot claim ignorance of the ongoing trial
Former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has dismissed claims that suggests President Muhammadu Buhari is not aware of the ongoing trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Some media reports had quoted aides of President Muhammadu Buhari saying the president was not aware of any plot against the CJN.
Comrade Frank in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, January 15, said that since Buhari has for long appeared unaware of incidents under his watch as president, he should relinquish his seat so Nigerians can look for a president that “will be aware and conscious about critical national issues that often emanate from the presidency.”
He also flayed the special adviser to President Buhari on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, for denying reports that Buhari has demanded the resignation of Onnoghen, stressing that the germane issue was the illegal plot to intimidate and humiliate the head of a critical arm of government, ahead of the upcoming elections.
He said: “Why should Nigerians continue to sustain and maintain a president who assumed office over three years ago but never is aware of actions emanating from his official table?
“I strongly believe that Nigerians have got the chance to correct this apparent amnesia in the presidency by voting for a more capable and fully aware presidential candidate in February.”
Frank added that persistent claims that the president is not aware of major actions of the present administration give credence to the position of the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, who said two persons have since hijacked the presidency.
Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that Justice Onnoghen must face his corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The party's position was made known by its national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, during a press briefing on Monday, January 14.
“The CCT trial is a legal matter, let the law run its course. The CJN must go through the instrumentalities of the courts, more importantly as an institution he represents. Indeed, this is the true test of our constitution, rule of law and will deepen democracy,” Issa-Onilu said.
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