Apprehension in presidency as senate moves to impeach Buhari over illegal removal of CJN
* APC senators summoned to Aso Rock
* PDP alleges plot to bribe senators
*Says billions withdrawn from NDDC coffers
* Queries authenticity of CCT court order
By Steve Oko
All may not have been heard of the ripple effects of the unilateral removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Waltar Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari, and his subsequent replacement without legislative approval as the Senate appears set to sanction Buhari for alleged breach of the constitution.
Information at the disposal of Wawa News Global indicates that the senate which went on recess last week is set to reconvene on Tuesday to consider the appropriate sanctions for the President.
Apparently to defend the President against any possible impeachment proceeding against him, all senators of the ruling party has been allegedly invited to Aso Rock Sunday night for a crucial meeting.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged of plots by certain agents of the presidency to bribe Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, extraction to protect the President from imminent parliamentary sanctions.
PDP claimed that Intelligence before it showed that “this is the reason the Presidency had summoned all APC senators to the Presidential Villa to a meeting tonight, ahead of the Senate’s resumption on Tuesday”.
The party, however, said Buhari could not escape sanctions considering the weight of his offence which it said , amounted to “gross misconduct “.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said it has been informed of “how the Presidency has been unsettled following national and international outcry over his constitutional breaches, particularly the assault on the judiciary in his attempt to forcefully remove the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen and impose a pliable CJN to do his bidding.”
PDP said the presidency was jittery over the fate of Buhari as the senate reconvenes on Tuesday, hence the desperation to compromise APC senators ahead of the meeting.
The statement read: “President Buhari is not only apprehensive that the Senate might sanction him for violating the constitution and usurping its statutory duties regarding the handling of issues related to a CJN, the parliament might also open an inquest into how President Buhari, who parades as Mr. Integrity, allegedly procured an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, upon which he announced the illegal suspension of the CJN.
“There are reports that the said order is suspicious and subject to investigation, being not argued or issued in the open court; following which a distressed Presidency now seeks to corrupt and undermine the Senate.
“The PDP has been made aware of how money has been moved from the coffers of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to bribe the APC senators, as well as how each APC senator has been offered huge sums of money in foreign currency to engage in heckling during the session, particularly when the matter is raised.
“However, the PDP wants the APC senators to note that the issue at hand is not partisan; it is not even about Justice Walter Onnoghen, but about nationhood, as well as the protection of our democracy and constitution from despotism.”
Wawa News Global could however not independently verify if APC senators were actually offered any bribe .
Meanwhile there has been soaring national and international condemnation against the unlawful removal and hurried replacement of the CJN.
The US and UK have warned the unpopular and suspicious action of the president could mar the credibility of the forthcoming elections.
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