The Coalition of United Progressive Parties (CUPP) has said contrary to various allegations labeled against the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, an Interim Investigation Report personally submitted to the Presidency by the EFCC Chairman, has shown that the Federal Government is still groping for evidence of any infractions whatsoever against the Chief Justice.
The CUPP claimed that the report of the EFCC vindicates the Chief Justice, adding that it also makes it clear that the Presidency is engaging in a political war against the CJN solely for the purpose of the 2019 elections.
CUPP National Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said in a statement on Tuesday said, “they are shopping for just anything. Justice Onnoghen owns only one house which he declared. There are no 55 houses in choice areas nationwide. There are no billions of Naira stashed anywhere in any of the accounts”.
According to him, the report shows just how much that is in the accounts, stressing that Indeed the Presidency from what can be deduced from the report just directed investigative agencies to find anything just to remove the CJN.
Ugochinyere also alleged that the Secretariat of the CUPP has uncovered the latest plot by the Presidency to arrest the chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen on Wednesday.
He said the EFCC has “also purchased a Magistrate Court Order to detain the CJN for 14 days.”
According to him, it also proves that the Vice President Pastor Yemi Osinbajo lied to the entire nation when he declared that the President did not know about the prosecution of the CJN and that he did not interfere in the functions of the investigative agencies.
He said, “Nigerians will recall that few hours after we leaked information of their evil plot against the CJN, of forcing him to resign at gun point, threatening the workers on his farm and harassing his lawyers, they have moved forward their plot and have resolved to get him out of office before the 11th February, 2019 so as to bring to a nullity any decision that may be taken by the NJC at its next meeting on the 11th February.
“It will interest Nigerians to know that from the Interim Investigation Report personally submitted to the Presidency by the EFCC Chairman, which we hereby attach, it will be discovered that the Federal Government is still groping for evidence of any infractions whatsoever against the Chief Justice. They are shopping for just anything. Justice Onnoghen owns only one house which he declared.
“The report shows just how much that is in the accounts. Indeed the Presidency from what can be deduced from the report just directed investigative agencies to find anything just to remove the CJN.
“If Justice Onnoghen was corrupt, was it President Buhari that paid him in 2007 to give judgment in his favour? If Justice Onnoghen was corrupt would the EFCC not have found at least a strand of evidence having investigated him as ordered by the President before his eventual appointment as CJN.
”It is clear the Presidency know the impeccable character of the CJN and having not found anything with which to put a leash on his neck to blackmail him to do their bidding, they have resolved to force him our of office so as to get a pliable and malleable justice to sanction their planned rigging of the elections.”