August 24, 2011 – CNPP Condemns Jonathan’s Quick Action on Salami BY TONY EDIKE
EENUGU—Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has decried President Goodluck Jonathan’s “hasty” adoption of recommendations of the National Judicial Council, NJC, for the suspension of President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.
The organisation said the President’s alleged dictatorship tendency was unfolding too early in the day, noting that the executive fiat he adopted on NJC’s recommendation was “subjudice, arbitrary and meant to frustrate the suit filed by Justice Ayo Salami.”
National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said in a statement: “CNPP is yet to locate the vacancy, which Section 238 he, the President, relied on; when Justice Ayo Salami has not resigned as President of the Court of Appeal and the President cannot adopt the recommendation of a kangaroo National Judicial Council without the express address of the two-thirds of the Senate, as stipulated in Section 292(1).”
“Section 238 is not an ouster clause and cannot be relied upon, when there is no vacancy; therefore, Mr. President is only exhibiting dictatorship tendency.
‘’Who is that Federal Judge who will deliver the case in favour of Justice Ayo Salami, when the President has taken side?”(Vanguard)