By Nnamdi Ojiego
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned the statement made by the Attorney-General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke, that Justice Ayo Salami’s reinstatement as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) will be ‘subjudice’, saying that it is the clearest indication that Jonathan’s administration lacks honorable character.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the statement has also confirmed the widely-held belief that the Presidency orchestrated Salami’s suspension in the first instance, as part of a wider plan to cow the judiciary and silence upright judges.
In the end, this is all about the PDP losing Ekiti and Osun states, which the party appropriated to itself through a most shameful and egregious electoral heist, rather than the consequences of the disagreement between the nation’s two top judicial officers over the Sokoto election.
“AGF Adoke’s shocking statement has also exposed the reason behind the temerity of Segun Oni and Olagunsoye Oyinlola to continue to assault the judiciary and anyone who had anything to do with the cases in Ekiti and Osun states. After all, they know they have the backing of the Attorney-General and the presidency,” it said.
ACN said the Jonathan Administration’s moral deficiency has been exposed by the fact that a President who gleefully and speedily approved the suspension of Justice Salami as President of the Court of Appeal is now stonewalling and pussyfooting when called upon to reverse that decision by the same body that recommended the suspension.
The party noted that it is now clear that the morally-challenged administration of President Jonathan is actually the unseen hand behind such frivolous lawsuits, which have now been latched on to by the same presidency as the reason why Justice Salami cannot be reinstated.
By his statement, the AGF has also confirmed that the Executive is the one fomenting the crisis in the Judiciary simply to serve political ends, a very dangerous game in an emerging democracy. As the AGF plays the Ostrich, he forgets that Nigerians cannot be hoodwinked by such untenable explanation of the reason for the presidency’s refusal to reinstate Justice Salami.
“He also forgets that Justice Salami had already instituted a lawsuit against the NJC before he was suspended. He forgets that the NJC, which is a defendant in the case, knew what it was doing when it recommended the reinstatement. And he forgets that part of the overall resolution of the crisis is the request by the NJC that all cases pertaining to it should be withdrawn”, ACN said.
Culled from Vanguard