The THE Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP has declared a nationwide protest for Friday to protest the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT’s directive that suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen should be arrested by security agents.
The protest, it said, would coincide with the day Onnoghen’s trial was expected to start at the CCT. The coalition’s spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, stated this in a statement on Wednesday. He was reacting to the arrest warrant issued by the CCT chairman, Umar, against Onnoghen.
He said, “It is ridiculous that a government that has been promising free and fair elections can be planning to arraign the country’s CJN on Friday, 24 hours to the country’s presidential election. We see this as a last minute effort to divert attention, confuse the Nigerian voters and cover the President’s incompetence few hours to election. It is also an attempt to divert attention from electoral violence being planned by the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“We therefore call for a mass protest across the 36 states of the federation on Friday, (tomorrow) being the day scheduled for the arraignment of the CJN. Friday is dedicated as a National Action Day Against the rampaging Dictator. All Non-Governmental Organisations, activists and political parties should hold rallies at their local government areas, state and at the federal levels. All lawyers, activists, youths and opposition politicians must stage protests and remain vigilant from Friday till Sunday to avoid the political barbarians using the CJN matter to divert attention and sneak in to steal the will of the people.”
The CUPP had earlier on Wednesday said it had uncovered fresh plan by the Presidency to forcefully remove Onnoghen before Saturday. It alleged that the Presidency was threatening Onnoghen to resign immediately or risked being arrested ahead of the election. Ugochinyere made the allegation in a statement in Abuja.
He said, “The opposition is armed with evidence of a failed attempt around 11pm on Tuesday night to force the CJN to sign a draft resignation letter taken to him by a former Attorney-General of the Federation. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria was sent to threaten the CJN to avert a planned arrest and humiliation by signing his resignation as the President has directed that he must step down before the Saturday election for the acting CJN, Tanko Mohammed, to have his illegal appointment regularised before Saturday election.”
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