The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has announced that it will be suspending its 2019 campaigns for 72-hours, to protest against the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen.
Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari controversially suspended Onnoghen from Office, on Friday.
The President said that he was acting on a court order by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
The President then swore-in another Supreme Court Justice, Tanko Mohammed, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Many Nigerians including the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, have described the President’s action as illegal.
In its statement by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP said that it is suspending its campaigns for 72-hours, in solidarity with Nigerians and the Judiciary.
“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 Campaign Council, co-chaired by Secondus, also described Buhari’s action as a “dangerous and brazen assault on the Constitution.”
“The basis for this election, is the democracy itself. When democracy comes under this kind of virulent attack, then the election itself becomes superfluous”, the statement added.
The PDP Presidential Campaign was scheduled to be in Benue State, today, Saturday, before the suspension.
“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”, Secondus said.