By Abiola David
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has described the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen as a rape of democracy.
He said the action of the President was symptomatic of the increasing desperation of the Buhari’s administration and some people within the corridors of power to manipulate the upcoming February 16 polls.
Atiku, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Friday, said that the suspension of the CJN has infracted the Nigerian constitution.
He maintained that the Federal Government did not follow due process in dealing with the situation.
“This brazen dictatorial act is the latest action in the ongoing rape of our nation’s hard earned democracy by those who dined with anti-democratic forces, and is symptomatic of the increasing desperation that President Buhari and the cabal pulling the strings have as February 16, 2019 draws near.
“the unlawful suspension of the CJN, Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was announced just as it became public knowledge that the CJN was constituting the election petition tribunals is not lost on discerning Nigerians and the international community,
It is an act of desperation geared towards affecting the outcome of the 2019 Presidential elections. Indeed, it is not just the CJN that has been suspended,
“it is the Nigerian Constitution that has been infracted and, in effect, suspended, under the guise of the suspension of the CJN,” Atiku added.