Nigeria’s opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has suspended its campaign for 72 hours to protest the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, party chairman, Uche Secondus has said in a statement on Saturday.
Mr. Secondus said the PDP is suspending its campaign for 72 hours in solidarity with Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari had unlawfully suspended Mr Onnoghen from office on Friday, swearing another Supreme Court justice, Tanko Mohammed, as Acting Chihef Justice of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Senate President Bukola Saraki have described the president’s action as illegal and a gross misconduct, which in any case is an impeachable offence.
The PDP described Mr Buhari’s action as a “dangerous and brazen assault on the constitution”
The statement read partly, “Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council has suspended its presidential campaign in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
“The PDP Campaign Council further predicated the suspension of its campaign activities in solidarity with Nigerians in our collective rejection of the assault against our democratic order.”
“The basis for this election is the democracy itself. When democracy comes under this kind of virulent attack, then the election itself becomes superfluous.
“In the first instance, we are suspending our campaign for 72 hours. It is our hope that President Buhari will listen to the voice of all lovers of democracy the world over and restore democracy in Nigeria immediately and without qualifications. At the moment, the President has effectively suspended the constitution under whose basis the elections are being contested.
“The action of President Buhari represents a constitutional breach and a direct attack on our democracy. This must never be allowed to stand, as there is no way by which democracy can survive under these autocratic tendencies.
“We call on all well meaning Nigerians to rise in defence of democracy and save our nation from this imminent slide into tyranny.”