The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has called on the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi and his counterpart in the Ministry of science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu to step aside to allow for an impartial investigation into allegations levelled against them by Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Justice Inyang Okoro that they tried to bribe the justices.
Reacting to the suspension of the justices who were fingered in alleged corrupt practices, the party urged president Muhammadu Buhari to emulate the example set by the judiciary by asking the two ministers to resign.
A statement issued by the spokesman of the party, Dayo Adeyeye said failure of the president to follow the example of the judiciary would be a confirmation that the allegations against the justices were mere witch hunt.
According to him, “It is public knowledge that on Thursday, NJC announced the decision to suspend of the Supreme Court. Others are Justice Mohammed Tsamiya –Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division; Justice Kabiru Auta – Kano State High Court; Justice Adeniyi Ademola – Federal High Court, Abuja; Justice I. A. Umezulike – Former Chief Judge of Enugu state and Muazu Pindiga – Federal High Court, Gombe Division.
“The suspension was based on the investigation of these Justices by the Directorate of State Security (DSS) on various allegations of corruption.
“It is important to note that Justices Ngwuta and Okoro have alleged that they are the targets of a witch hunt because they refused offers of inducement and bribes made to them by the Minister of Transport – Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Science & Technology – Chief Ogbonnaya Onu – to subvert the course of justice in appeals against the decisions of lower courts in election petitions in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti and Rivers States.
“In order to allow for a fair and independent investigation, it is incumbent on President Muhammadu Buhari to ask these Ministers to step aside pending the conclusion of investigations into these issues. The judiciary has set a very good example in its quest to fight corruption. It has proven that it is ready to reform itself and we commend the NJC for taking this bold steps. Likewise, we call on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to emulate the decision of the National Judicial Council (NJC) mandating the 7 Justices to suspend the performance of their judicial functions pending the conclusion of investigations against them.”