Reports have it that powerful forces are working to have Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammad removed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
This according to the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie is against the permutations and scheming ahead of the 2023 general elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, raised the alarm over the plot to remove the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Muhammad.
Onochie claimed that the opposition was plotting to remove Muhammad due to the 2023 general elections.
Buhari had appointed Muhammad acting CJN, following the suspension of Walter Onnoghen over alleged failure to declare all his assets as prescribed by law.
Following the conviction of Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, last week, Buhari had extended Muhammad’s tenure as acting CJN by three month.
However, Onochie in a tweet wrote: “They are battling to remove him from office.
“They know he will still be Chief Justice of Nigeria during the next General elections because he will be in office until Dec 31st, 2023 when he turns 70
“His name is Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Acting Chief Justice of our great nation.”
This is coming at a time a Human rights lawyer, Chief Malcom Omirhobo filed an action at the Federal High Court, Abuja, asking the court to stop Buhari from appointing Muhammad as the substantial CJN.
Defendants in the suit, which he filed in the name of Malcom Omirhobo Foundation, are the National Judicial Council (NJC), Federal Judicial Service Commission, the acting CJN, Federal Government of Nigeria, Nigerian president, attorney general of the federation and the National Assembly.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/420/2019 before Justice Inyang Ekwo, the applicant also want the court to declare that the suspension and/or removal of the CJN from office is a shared responsibility of the 1st defendant, 5th defendant and 7th defendant and that the 5th defendant (Buhari) do not have the power under the law to unilaterally suspend and/or remove the CJN from office.
APC South East Zone In Emergency Meeting Over NASS Leadership
The All Progressives Congress (APC), South East zone, has summoned an emergency meeting to deliberate on the ongoing crisis over sharing of leadership positions in the incoming 9th National Assembly.
The meeting, scheduled to hold in Enugu on Saturday, is at the instance of the National Vice Chairman of APC, South East zone, Emma Eneukwu.
According to the invitation for the meeting extended to invitees via text message, it has three items on the agenda.
Top on the agenda is the National Assembly leadership.
The other two items on the agenda are repositioning APC in the South East after the 2019 general elections and other matters arising.
Recall that the national leadership of APC led by its chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had earlier zoned the two topmost positions in the National Assembly, the Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives, to the North East and South West, respectively.
However, the APC national chairman has been accused of orchestrating a 2023 presidential agenda of the National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, rather than working in national interest.
Recently, in an interactive session with journalists in Enugu, Publicity Secretaries of APC in the South East demanded the position of speaker for the zone.
Source: Daily Post
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