APC Reacts To Court Of Appeal Ruling On Onnoghen's Trial
Justice Walter Onnoghen

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the ruling of the Court of Appeal has vindicated President Muhammadu Buhari in his suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Concise News reports that the appeals court dismissed the motion filed by Justice Onnoghen seeking stay of proceedings of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

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According to the court, the charges filed against the suspended CJN were criminal in nature and the proceedings before the CCT cannot be stopped.

Reacting to the ruling, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the ruling had further advertised the credentials of President Buhari as a believer in the rule of law, due process and justice, contrary to the claims of his critics.

“The decision of the Court of Appeal to okay the trial of Justice Walter Onnoghen, erstwhile Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), by the Code of Conduct Tribunal has vindicated his suspension from office by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

Issa-Onilu said the Court of Appeal had now confirmed that Onnoghen’s trial at the CCT was within the confines of the law and his suspension, therefore, not prejudice.

The party called on the opposition to subject their criticisms to “constitutional tests before polluting the public space with remarks.”

“Issues of law cannot thrive where emotions and sentiment are the driving force,” the party said.

Concise News reported that Justice Onnoghen had on Tuesday filed a suit against the federal government over his suspension.

The appeal was filed before the Court of Appeal by his lawyers, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), Kanu Agabi (SAN) and James Onoja.

He based his appeal on the fact that he was not given a fair hearing by the CCT before the order to swear in Justice Tanko Muhammad was issued. He also questioned the powers of the CCT to do so.