Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Ekiti State chapter, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the suspension of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as replacement.
The CNPP said the bravery displayed by President Buhari indicated that he had the capacity to end corruption in the country, by holding influential people accountable for their actions in their respective offices .
The political group, however, advised Justice Onnoghen not to pander to the dictate of the “distraught opposition elements”, who wanted to push him by their caustic comments to confront the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the action taken by President Buhari
” But rather, Justice Onnoghen should go ahead to clear himself of some of the allegations levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal to protect his name and the Judiciary”.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti by its State Chairman, Deacon Olu Akomolafe, the CNPP said: “Onnoghen as a Chief Law Officer in the Country was supposed to have stepped aside or resign to allow free, fair and unbiased trial since the beginning of the imbroglio that led to his abrupt departure as a CJN in order to uphold the sanctity of the Judiciary in Nigeria”.
The CNPP added that the latest move by the President has again confirmed that the fight against corruption has gone beyond mere sloganeering .
“There is no doubt that, the development will further strengthen the judiciary in the country and make the common man to have more confidence and trust in it as their last hope”, it added.
Meanwhile, CNPP has described the first 100 days in office of Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led government in the state as very rewarding , saying the restoration of already collapsed system has started gaining momentum by his achievements across every sector.
“Without mincing words, Fayemi has again proved to the people of the State that he has undiluted love and feelings for his people and that he will not stop in giving them the best in order to make lives more beautiful for them.
“Some steps taken so far by the present administration in less than four months, especially the flag off of the new Iyin road which has been abandoned since 1998 is laudable. The steps have been directly channeled towards the masses of the state unlike what was obtainable during the immediate past government of Mr. Ayo Fayose.
“Also, the present administration’s readiness to re-introduce core subjects and rural allowances for public teachers across the state will improve teaching condition and service delivery for the people of the state.
“What should be paramount to every reasonable government is the security of lives and property of the citizens, not ordinary noise or unreasonable propaganda just to deceive the people” .