By Emmanuel Aziken Political Editor
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State Saturday cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against succumbing to the pleas of his advisers to give Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen the ‘Bukola Saraki’ treatment for the purpose of having their way in the election tribunals.
Speaking at the flag-off of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP election campaign in Bodinga Local Government Area today evening, Tambuwal said that after desecrating the legislature that the Buhari administration had set its sight on the judiciary in a brazen effort to return itself to power.
He noted among other indications of President Buhari’s fear of the forthcoming election, his refusal to give assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment Bill) 2018 which he said, set a new template for free and fair elections.
Besides Tambuwal, other PDP candidates including Alhaji Aminu Shehu Shagari, the House of Representatives candidate for Bodinga federal constituency were presented to the overwhelming crowd.
Governor Tambuwal said:
“I hope and I hope that the Federal Government is not wanting to frame up the Chief Justice of the Federation and give him the Bukola Saraki treatment.
“This same Federal Government had tried to destroy the legislature with the trial of the Senate President but he was tried and found not wanting.
“I hope it is not true and I am appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari not to destroy this country through this move.
“The CJN should be given the opportunity to defend himself.”
Noting that the moves against the CJN arose from fears that the judiciary would not support the APC’s moves to rig the forthcoming General Election.
The Sokoto governor said that one of the indications of the APC’s inclination to rig was President Buhari’s refusal to give his assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 at three different times.
“I am appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari not to listen to those who want to set this country back,” the governor said as he observed that the PDP handed over an unblemished electoral template in 2015.
He added to his honour, that President Goodluck Jonathan lost and handed over peacefully. He urged Buhari to follow that example.
While urging voters to vote PDP, he flaunted his record in education, health among others.