CNPP condemns Jonathan for not “swiftly” reinstating Salami

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Updated May 11, 2012

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), in a press release, criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for not acting “swiftly” to reinstate the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Isa Salami.

Nine months into his controversial suspension, the National Judicial Council recommended on Thursday that President Jonathan reinstate the beleaguered PCA.

The CNPP, in the press statement signed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Osita Okechukwu, condemned the NJC’s initial decision to suspend the PCA on August 17 last year, describing it as “crude and unethical”.

NJC suspended Justice Salami after the PCA refused to apologize after accusing the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu of pressuring his ruling in a governorship election appeal dispute involving Sokoto State.

The CNPP called the suspension sentence “the height of judicial recklessness” and condemned President Jonathan for readily approving the suspension and appointing Justice Dalhatu Adamu as an immediate replacement.

“CNPP had maintained since then that the action of the National Judicial Council is contemptuous, scandalous and had exposed the perfidy of the judiciary and undermines the integrity of the temple of justice in Nigeria,” the statement read, adding “it is good NJC reversed itself”.

They maintained that the NJC perverted justice in Salami’s case, adding “we were at a loss where Justice Salami went wrong in refusing to take the orders of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Kastina-Alu to pervert the course of justice in the Sokoto State Governorship election matter”.

“CNPP is of the candid view that Justice Salami was hounded because of the presidential election petition – CPC vs PDP, which he presided over then at the Appeal Court.”

The statement warned that President Jonathan’s “failure to act as swiftly as he did before may fuel the suspicion of double standard, regrettably eroding his image”.