- The Abundant Renewal Party has hailed President Buhari over the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as CJN
- The party said that the suspended CJN violated the Code of Conduct law
- Onnoghen has been urged by the party to resign as CJN for the sake of peace, justice and continuity of true democracy in Nigeria
The Bauchi state chapter of Abundant Renewal Party (ARP) under the leadership of Muhammad Yahaya Abubakar, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the Chief of Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Vanguard reports that the party said the swearing-in of Justice Tanko Muhammed as the acting CJN appeared like a game of politics by the federal government but also believed that the suspended CJN violated the Code of Conduct law.
Legit.ng gathered that the party advised those who were aggrieved by Onnoghen's suspension to go back to the Constitution and find out its provisions on the suspension and impeachment of public officers.
"On the suspension of the CJN, the National Assembly could only advise and approve in case of new appointment or suggest when need be to the president,” the party said in a statement by Abubakar.
The party said looking at the appointment of Muhammed as the new CJN , without tribal or religious learning, there is virtually nothing wrong about it as the country cannot live without a chief justice.
"Justice Ibrahim Tanko, whose region and religion are different from those of Onnoghen, happens to be the most senior judge of the Supreme Court and it was that privilege that made his choice as Acting CJN inevitable.
“Going back to the charges slammed on the suspended CJN, it is not only that judges are alleged to be corrupt but the Nigerian law itself creates room for criminals to escape justice.
"But for the sake of peace, justice and continuity of true democracy in Nigeria, Justice Onnoghen should save the country the shame he has put himself in and resign his position as CJN while the president should temper justice with mercy and rescind the suspension.
“This should however be done simultaneously. Afterwards a CJN should be appointed in acting capacity based on the recommendation of the NJC while also seeking the Senate approval," the statement read.
The party said it will also be wise for President Buhari to consider subjecting the list of the tribunals for the forthcoming elections or nominations made by either the suspended CJN or the acting CJN to the approval of the joint national legislative houses.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari on Friday, January 25, explained why he suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Onnoghen and appointed Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed as the new acting CJN.
Justice Onnoghen is facing trial over alleged false asset declaration brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
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