Petition Against Onnoghen By Buhari’s Ex-Aide
This is even as Naija News reports that politicians and some other individuals have expressed suspicion over the speed with which the petition moved from submission, to tribunal and then trial.
Others have however, also pointed out that the CJN’s trial only shows no one is above the law.
Aghanya is the executive secretary of the Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), a civil society group that petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) over alleged non-declaration of assets by the CJN.
He was Buhari’s aide between 2009 and 2011 and the pioneer national publicity secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He is also the founding member of The Buhari Organisation (TBO).
In his recent petition, Aghanya accused the CJN of maintaining domiciliary foreign currencies accounts said to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.
He said the petition became necessary “bearing in mind the imminence of the 2019 General Elections and the overwhelming roles of the Judicial Arm both before and after”.
While reactions have been tumbling in to especially condemn the sudden trial of Onnoghen , less than four weeks before the general elections, Naija News reports that the trial of the CJN before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is slated to commence today and both defence and prosecution lawyers are already sitted as at the time of this report, though trial is yet to begin.
Meanwhile a supporter of Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Candidtate, identified on Twitter as Sola Atikulated Kuti tweeted to corroborate the revelation of who the petitioner, Aghanya is to Buhari.
See his Tweet below:
Dennis Aghanya, Buhari’s former Aide, who wrote petition against Justice Onnoghen, is Executive secretary of an anti corruption NGO that gave Gov. Ganduje an award. https://t.co/EowLzGgkQR
— Sola Atikulated Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) January 12, 2019