The dust raised by the sudden suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter by President Muhammadu Buahri is gathering momentum.

Reactions have trailed the decision by the President to boot out the embattled judge despite his ongoing trial at the Chief of Conduct Tribunal.

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar described the suspension of Onnoghen by Buhari an anti-democratic act.

He stated that he rejected it entirely and called on Onnoghen and the judiciary to resist with every legal and constitutional means that they could muster.

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He said, “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 fact that the unlawful suspension of 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.

This act of desperation is 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.

“I want to seize this opportunity to call for unity amongst the judiciary. Do not let the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration divide you. Do not let this government turn you against yourselves. The judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the defender of our democracy.”

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