The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly set to stage a protest at the United States of America embassy in Abuja today, Monday, January 28, over the suspension of the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The Punch, citing sources close to the top hierarchy of the lead opposition party, reports that the protest, is aimed at drawing the attention of the “world to how President Muhammadu Buhari and his party are running the country.”
It is also expected to inform the ambassador about the “disregard to constitution by the president,” the anonymous was quoted to have said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the presidency once again sent a message to the US, UK and EU assuring them that the suspension of Justice Onnoghen is not related to the coming general elections.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu on Sunday, January 27, the presidency said it appreciated the concern of three ‘friends’ of the country but assured that the election will be free and fair.
He said: “The statements by the three seem more driven by unfounded assumptions and to be honest, a certain condescension to this African democracy. This is unfortunate. But this gives us an opportunity to clarify some points in the hope that these three friends reach a deeper understanding of the situation.
"The statements by the US, UK and EU speak of their respect for constitutional practice and fair elections.
"However, the positions they stake tend to contravene rather than strengthen these laudable objectives.
CJN Onnoghen’s situation is one of his own making and, to a large degree, his own choosing."
The federal government, in its first statement reacting to the US, UK and EU's statement on the suspension of Onnoghen, warned against foreign interference into the nation’s affairs, capable of creating apprehension, distrust among citizens or undermining the transparency and acceptability of outcomes of the nation’s electoral process.
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The United States Embassy in Nigeria had earlier said it was concerned over the fact that Onnoghen's suspension had triggered a lot of negative reactions and criticisms from most Nigerians.
In a statement on Saturday, January 26, the US embassy called on the presidency to swiftly resolve the issues that have stemmed from the decision with due process.
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