- Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance's Shitu Kabir has reacted to the suspension of CJN Walter Onnoghen
- The APDA presidential candidate commended the president for taking the 'proper and timely' decision
- Kabir also described the argument that the CJN's suspension was politically motivated as untenable and illogical
The presidential candidate of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Shitu Kabir, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending the embattled chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
In a report available in The Cable, the APDA presidential candidate said President Buhari has not erred for axing out the CJN with days to the general elections.
According to Kabir, Onnoghen's suspension was proper and timely considering the fact that the nation was going through a progressive transformation. He expressed satisfaction with the controversial suspension, adding that “desperate disease needs a desperate treatment”.
He said: ''Majority of Nigerians have now realised that but for the pre-emptive move by the president, Onnoghen would have proceeded to constitute the election petition panels. No wonder some interested elements are shocked that their game plan has been punctured.”
Reacting to the fast growing insinuation that the suspension was politically motivated and was an attempt to rig the election, the APDA candidate laughed off the claim, adding that the argument is untenable and cannot stand.
Kabir: “This argument, is untenable. An offence can only be reported and tried whenever discovered. The suspended CJN must be prepared to face and stand trial. And the burden is on His Lordship to prove his innocence as paragraph 11.3, part 1 of Schedule V of the 1999 constitution deems a defendant not guilty until the contrary is proved."
It would be recalled that CJN Walter Onnoghen was suspended after weeks of legal battle over his failure to declare some of his property as stipulated by the law.
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His suspension has created bone of contention among lawyers and concerned Nigerians, who continuously argued on the constitutionality of the president's power to solely take the significant decision.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Judicial Council had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen to respond to a petition filed against him by the office of the attorney-general of the federation.
The ultimatum was issued during an emergency meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC), which took place on Tuesday, January 29.
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