Supreme court: Onnoghen’s sack paved way for Buhari-Atiku’s aide

Barely one week after the Supreme Court put a stop to the legal battle between the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari, over February 23 election, a former presidential aide, Umar Sani, has reacted.

Sani, who was the national spokesman of the Atiku/Obi presidential campaign organization for 2019 presidential election, said that the Supreme Court judgment was long anticipated by his party, given the way the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, was removed from the office.

He said: “The judgment was long anticipated since the president in a bid to ensure nothing stops his victory decided to torpedo the erstwhile chief justice of the federation, Walter Onnogen and replaced him with someone expected to do his bidding.

“This Supreme Court is certainly not a judicial court but an assembly of justices that are expected to deliver a political verdict. The justices were enjoined to stand justice on its head seemingly perhaps after being coerced. The judiciary has revised the long held prayer anthem to a new theme: The fear of Buhari is the beginning of wisdom and to depart from justice is understanding.”

Asked if he still believes that judiciary is the last hope of common man, Sani said he would rather be objective that to use some few questionable judgments to denigrate the judiciary.

He, however, noted that though there were few bad eggs in the judiciary, the anomaly would be certainly corrected by the future occupants of the offices.

“I will not use some few questionable judgements to denigrate the judiciary, however bad the judiciary becomes it will certainly be corrected by future occupants of those offices. We have noticed that some cases that ought to be resolved on merit end up being politicised. The Osun judgement is a case in point,” he said.

Speaking on what Atiku should do after the court’s judgment, Sani advised the former vice president not be deterred by the actions of the judiciary, adding that he should remain resolute, determined and focused to build his original party – the PDP, to an enviable height. He noted:

“He should not be deterred by the actions of the judiciary, he should remain resolute, determined and focused to build his original party the PDP to an enviable height. He is an elder statesman who has paid his dues to the service of his fatherland. He should channel his energy and resources to building an egalitarian society where peace and justice shall reign.”