Barrister Chuks Nwachukwu, the presidential candidate of All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), has said that neither the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) nor the Nigerian Judicial Commission (NJC) has the jurisdiction to try the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
The presidential candidate noted that many people might think that it was the fear of election petitions that was driving the president to commit judicial suicide by thinking he could embarrass the CJN out of office. The real fear he said was the suit challenging his qualification of office owing to his certificate scandal.
He pointed out that Nigeria should not be ridiculed before international community and be made a laughing stock by what was playing out around the presidency, warning that those in leadership position should be careful what they do especially in electioneering period like this.
The politician said, “CJN can only be removed or indicted for breach of the code of conduct by the process of impeachment by 2/3 of Senate and neither the CCT nor even the NJC has the jurisdiction to try him. The order of the president to vacate office is of no legal effect. The constitution will remain our guide and it will be important if the president and his men will refer to it before embarking on such dangerous mission.
“I have always known that the planned arraignment of the CJN before the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) was a silly joke. I was at the Supreme Court on Friday and got no inkling of it; it showed how crude the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) could be. I knew it was never going to be like the last time. This is election time. Only fools will fail to doubt his intentions,” he said.