APC expresses satisfaction over Onnoghen’s exit as CJN
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
The ruling All Progressives Congress on Friday expressed satisfaction with resignation of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel N. Onnoghen.
The party, through its spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu while speaking to journalists in his office in Abuja said the net of corruption fight laid by this administration will be catching “armed robbers” one after the other.
He noted that the recent developments in judicial system has vindicated the party, recalling how it earlier called for the resignation of the CJN following the allegations of false asset declaration brought against him.
“It is not every armed robber you can catch the same day. And even some you know, the slow wheel of justice may not catch up with them immediately but we must continue to see evidence that we are moving towards that sanity,” he said.
SAHEL STANDARD reported how Onnoghen was suspended in January by President Muhammadu Buhari following a recommendation by Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had also accused the former CJN of receiving illicit payments and bribes from lawyers.
The APC, however, noted that the resignation was a sign that the country’s democracy is slowly growing and no one is above the law.
Issa-Onilu said, “We all can only be hiding behind one finger, otherwise we knew Nigerians, reasonable Nigerians knew from the word ‘cooked’ that those allegations were not cooked up and if they were real, the next thing for the CJN to have done was to have stepped aside and the question of, he wouldn’t be the only one, why him? There is no where in the world where judgment is passed on every sinner at once.
“Now, events have proven the President right. Events have proven the party, APC right. Events have proven those Nigerians who believe Nigeria first and any other things after – events have proven them right.”