Governors of South-South geo-political zone have described moves to arraign the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, today by the Federal Government as a demonstration of lack of respect for the people of Niger Delta, the nation’s judiciary and democracy by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governors stated this, yesterday, at the end of an emergency meeting held at Bayelsa State Governor’s Lodge, Maitama, Abuja.
In a communique read by chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum and governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, the forum condemned what it described as flagrant disobedience of court orders by President Buhari’s administration, adding that the move to arraign the CJN with barely a month to the general election was capable of heating the polity.
The communique read: “We note that the unfortunate action against the CJN further reinforces the perception that the Buhari administration has no regard for the sentiments of Nigerians, in particular, the people of Niger Delta, and the rule of law
“It is a fact that this administration has a penchant for flagrant disobedience of and disregard for legitimate and valid court orders.