ACN urges national assembly to wade into Justice Salami’s case

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has asked the national assembly to compel President Goodluck Jonathan to reinstate the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.

Justice salami was suspended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the 18th of August, 2011 over alleged gross misconduct. But the council on the 1oth of May, 2012, overturned its decision and ordered the reinstatement of the judge.

However the president has so far failed to approve his reinstatement saying the case is in court.

The ACN spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement issued on Tuesday, warned that President Jonathan is sending a bad signal to the entire world by continuing to disregard the recommendation of the NJC.

According to the party, the handling of Justice Ayo Salami’s issue by the presidency has “destroyed the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our Constitution, reduced the National Judicial Council to an appendage of the executive arm of government and made an imperial President of Goodluck Jonathan in clear violation of the Constitution.”

The party urged the National Assembly not to stand by and allow President Jonathan, destroy the nation’s judiciary in pursuit of personal vendetta.