Onnoghen’s Suspension: PDP Suspends Campaign In Solidarity

Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The Peoples Democratic Party has suspended its presidential rally to protest the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential campaign organisation has said that it would put its campaign on hold in solidarity with the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The suspension would see the party not holding its campaign in Benue state today, Saturday, January 26.

It was gathered that the party decided to put off the rally “in solidarity with the Nigerian judiciary.

The decision to suspend the campaign was said to have been taken with the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.

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The dramatic suspension of Justice Onnoghen as the CJ by President Buhari, and the subsequent swearing-in of Justice Tanko Muhammed as the Acting CJN have evoked the memory of last year’s compulsory retirement of then acting Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Obisike Orji.

The National Judicial Council had, at its 85th meeting held on March 14, 2018, sanctioned Justice Orji by forcing him to go on a compulsory retirement for allowing himself to be sworn in as the Acting Chief Judge of Abia State without being recommended by the council.

Both the suspension of Onnoghen and swearing-in of Muhammed in acting capacity by the President followed the same pattern of how Justice Theresa Uzokwe was suspended by the Abia State House of Assembly and Justice Orji subsequently sworn in as acting Chief Judge of the state by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.