An associate of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, and former spokesman of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, says Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are plotting to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday, said the opposition was set for a showdown with the executive over the suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
He noted that the recent comments by PDP leaders calling for actions against the country and law abiding citizens, including threats of war and possible overthrow of government, are not only acts of treason against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but a sin against God and humanity.
Eze pointed out that Justice Onnoghen was only suspended, as ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, pending the determination of a criminal charge of corruption filed against him, noting further that it would have amounted to more acts of corruption if the erstwhile chief law officer would be allowed to sit much longer as a judge in his own matter.
He said: “Besides, Mr. President made a shocking disclosure that millions of dollars was traced to the accounts of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen which he refused to disclose as obtainable in the law.
“Although the allegations in the petition are grievous enough in themselves, the security agencies have since then traced other suspicious transactions running into millions of dollars to the CJN’s personal accounts, all undeclared or improperly declared as required by law.
“Perhaps more worrisome is the Chief Justice of Nigeria’s own written admission to the charges that he indeed failed to follow the spirit and letter of the law in declaring his assets, citing “mistake” and “forgetfulness” which are totally unknown to our laws as defences in the circumstances of his case.
“Under normal practices, one expected that with his moral authority so wounded by these serious charges of corruption, more so by his own written admission, Mr. Justice Walter Onnoghen would have acted swiftly to spare our judicial arm further disrepute by removing himself from superintending over it while his trial lasted.
“It becomes absurd and worrisome that instead of applauding Mr President for acting swiftly by agreeing to suspend such a corrupt element from our system, the PDP and some of her members are threatening brimstone exposing them as supporters of corruption in Nigeria.
“More worrisome is the fact that a big political party like PDP that has ruined our nation for the sixteen years it govern, through massive looting of our common patrimony with impunity, has shamelessly suspended its presidential campaign for three days in sympathy with one of its key actors in promotion of corruption.
“Sadly also, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has threatened to summon the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria this Tuesday, probably to start off an impeachment process against Mr president, seeing that his party, the PDP, has lost hope of winning the February 16 presidential election through the back door.
“Let me warn that any act that will cause anarchy or breach of peace in any part of our nation should be avoided, knowing very well what some of us suffered to bring this democracy into being. Those very close to the Senate President should counsel him accordingly to avoid him truncating our hard earned democracy”, he counseled.