- South South governor are reportedly planning to meet with President Buhari
- The governors are hoping to intervene in the Onnoghen saga for a political resolution
- The former chief justice of Nigeria was found guilty of false asset declaration
Governors in the south south region have reportedly resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the Walter Onnoghen saga.
The Nation reports that the governors are hoping the president would accept the former chief justice of Nigeria’s resignation.
The National Judicial Council had reportedly recommended the resignation of Onnoghen before the Code of Conduct Tribunal found of guilty of false asset declaration.
Onnoghen had also reportedly handed in his retirement letter to the president also no action has been taken on it yet.
South south governors have reportedly consented to a ‘political solution’ to the CJN matter.
A source familiar with the development said: “The South-South governors want the presidency to close the chapter on Onnoghen by accepting his voluntary resignation/ retirement. This is why they believe a political solution is better than this messy affair.
“They have sought audience with the president on how to find an amicable solution to the travails of Onnoghen.
“They are buying into the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to allow Onnoghen to retire with full benefits and retain his membership of the Council of State.
“They do not want the CCT matter to drag on for more months. They also do not want Onnoghen subjected to a separate trial by the EFCC on other allegations against him.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari extended the appointment of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed, by three months, following the approval by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday, April 20, by the NJC spokesman, Soji Oye.
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