The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Thursday, alleged that monumental corruption was going on in the executive arm of government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Secondus made his position known in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by his media aide, Ike Abonyi.
He was responding to a statement credited to Buhari on the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, when the President was hosting some Yoruba leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said it was worrisome that while Buhari ceaselessly berated the judiciary, he turned blind eyes to the alleged monumental corruption in the executive arm.
He said Buhari’s disdain for the judiciary was becoming dangerous and antithetical to democratic norms.
While alleging that the executive arm of government was stinking of corruption, Secondus urged Buhari to look inwards.
He advised him to stop his alleged hostility and ill-treatment of the nation’s judiciary.
He further alleged that even among Buhari’s audience where he was lampooning the judiciary, there were persons whose sources of wealth were questionable.
Secondus said, “He (Buhari) has continued to bemoan his past with the judiciary by displaying his unconcealed anger and unforgiving desire to take a pound of flesh on them.
“The motive behind the endless attacks on the judiciary by the President, especially Tuesday’s narration of his so-called ordeal with the courts, is strategically designed to cow them into submission to his undemocratic desires.
“We all know it as a fact that the motive of the President in his countless berating of members of the judiciary at the slightest moment is deliberately designed to frighten them, take away their confidence and force them to submit to his wishes by intimidation.”
He, therefore, urged all lovers of democracy in the country to rise up in defence of the judiciary, which he said, gets bashing from an executive arm that seeks absolute power from the back door.
The PDP chairman also charged members of the judiciary never to abdicate their responsibilities in the sustenance of democracy.