The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has attributed the attempt to force the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen out of office, to the desperation of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the 2019 presidential election at all cost.
The party accused the APC of attempt to blackmail Nigerians by accusing them of “being sympathetic to corruption.”
It condemned the ruling party’s assault on judiciary.
PDP, in a statement yesterday by Director, Media and Publicity of its presidential campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that instead of prosecuting President Buhari’s cronies and APC leaders over exposed corruption, the APC wants to subdue and annex the judiciary.
“The Buhari presidency and APC, in turning around to fight Nigerians, have further exposed their desperation to replace Justice Onnoghen with a pliable CJN, who will execute their plots to use the courts to detain opposition leaders as well as vocal members of the civil society during the elections.
“It is now crystal clear to all Nigerians that apart from failing woefully in all its promises, the APC and its presidential candidate, President Buhari, are beginning to manifest their autocratic attributes,” PDP observed.
The party accused the APC of giving asylum to corrupt people and challenged the presidency to name one APC member that has been investigated, prosecuted or arraigned before any court of competent jurisdiction in the last three and a half years in spite of their humongous corruption.
“If for anything, President Buhari has encouraged corruption in our nation more than any president that had the privilege of governing our country, Nigeria.
“It is important to restate that the Buhari presidency is now a refugee camp for known and well-advertised faces of corruption,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Coalition of Atikuate Leaders Forum said they have returned to PDP after a brief foray in APC.
The group, at a press conference, said they had left the PDP because of marginalisation and lack of support, but have gotten reassurance from Director General of Atiku Support Group, Math Yeduma, that their grievances would be addressed.
Atikuate Leaders Forum National Coordinator, Pastor Franklin Eze, however, dissociated the coalition from what he described as self-serving activities of a few members who may still be working for the ruling party despite the retreat.
“We are still with the PDP and we shall keep Atikulating until we get Nigeria working again.
“This is to say that we have decided to vote Atiku and Obi for the 2019 presidential elections, and there is no turning back to our collective resolution,” Eze stated.