Onnoghen trial aims to manipulate 2019 polls – Wike alleges

By Bature Dan-Inni

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike alleges that the ongoing arraignment of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen is only aimed at manipulating the 2019 polls by the current administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Wike who made the allegation during the inter-denominational service held to mark the year’s armed forces remembrance day on Monday also described President Muhammadu Bahari’s government as worse than military regimes in terms of human rights violations.

He said, “Nigerians would resist any attempt to deliberately truncate the nation’s democracy,” adding that, “the plan to arraign Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria, is aimed at frightening the judiciary ahead of the attempt to manipulation of the polls.”

According to him, Nigerians are no longer in a democracy describing the system as worse than the military. “Even under the military, opinions of the people count.

“In order for them to consolidate in their rigging machinery, they want to gag the judiciary. The only that they want to do is to intimidate the judiciary.

“How can an attorney general who calls himself an attorney general sit and file such charges against the chief justice of Nigeria one month to the general election. What kind of crisis are they setting up. They want to cause crisis in the judiciary and they think everyone should keep quiet?” he questioned.