The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said the statement by Adoke that Justice Salami's reinstatement as recommended by the NJC will be subjudice is the clearest indication yet that the Jonathan administration lacks honourable character.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN said the statement has also confirmed the widely-held belief that the presidency orchestrated Salami's suspension in the first instance, as part of a wider plan to cow the judiciary and silence upright judges.
The ACN said, ''In the end, this is all about the PDP losing Ekiti and Osun states, which the party appropriated to itself through a most shameful and egregious electoral heist, rather than the consequences of the disagreement between the nation's two top judicial officers over the Sokoto election.
‘‘AGF’s shocking and disingenuous statement has also exposed the reason behind the temerity of Segun Oni and Olagunsoye Oyinlola to continue to assault the judiciary and anyone who had anything to do with the cases in Ekiti and Osun states. After all, they know they have the backing of the attorney-general and the presidency.’’
The party further claimed that the Jonathan administration's moral deficiency had been exposed by the fact that a president who speedily approved the suspension of Salami is now dragging his foot when called upon to reverse that decision by the same body that recommended the suspension.
Part of the statement reads: ‘‘In our earlier statement, we said we are willing to give the president the benefit of the doubt over speculations that the presidency is the one orchestrating the litigation against the reversal of Salami's suspension. However, it is now clear that the morally-challenged administration is actually the unseen hand behind such frivolous lawsuits, which have now been latched on to by the same presidency as the reason why Justice Salami cannot be reinstated.
''By his statement, the AGF has also confirmed that the executive is the one fomenting the crisis in the judiciary simply to serve political ends, a very dangerous game in an emerging democracy.
''As the AGF plays the ostrich, he forgets that Nigerians cannot be hoodwinked by such untenable explanation of the reason for the presidency's refusal to reinstate Salami. He forgets that Salami had already instituted a lawsuit against the NJC before he was suspended. He forgets that the NJC, which is a defendant in the case, knew what it was doing when it recommended the reinstatement. And he forgets that part of the overall resolution of the crisis is the request by the NJC that all cases pertaining to it should be withdrawn.’’