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VOL. 7, NO. 2126 THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012


NJC to stand by decision on Salami •Justice minister: I’ve not been briefed From Yusuf Alli, Abuja


ONTRARY to expectations, the crisis in the Judiciary remained unresolved yesterday. Court of Appeal President Isa Ayo Salami is yet to return to his job, almost one week after the National Judicial Commission (NJC) reinstated him. But NJC members plan to resist any plot to review their decision to reinstate Justice Salami, The Nation learnt. The NJC is yet to serve Justice Salami and the acting President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dalhatu Adamu, the notice of its decision to reinstate Justice Salami. A Presidency source said last night that President Goodluck Jonathan might bow to the rule of law instead of political sentiments in deciding the matter. Another source spoke of how anti-Salami forces “have been going about seeking a court order to tie the Presi•Triumph of truth •Waiting for Jonathan dh eannc yd ’ ”s Editorial/Opinion, pages 19, 21 from reContinued on page 4

•DEAD END: The scene of an accident which caused a massive traffic jam on the Oshodi Apapa Expressway in Lagos…yesterday


2015: ACN joins Buhari’s CPC to attack Presidency If the Presidency and the PDP have no intention to rig in 2015, why are they so worried about the consequences of such action? —ACN

We insist that it is never ignoble to lose elections because President Abraham Lincoln... was known to have lost elections several times —CPC

I cannot speak for them. I don’t know why they said so. God determines everything. God determines our tomorrow, even our tonight —ACF

Arewa Forum on row: power belongs to God

M •Gen. Buhari

ORE missiles were fired yesterday in the PresidencyGen. Muhammadu Buhari

battle. Two leading opposition parties queued up behind the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) presidential candidate in last year’s election in his scathing attack on the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Buhari had warned of dire consequences, should the PDP rig the 2015

From Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

elections “the way it did in 2011”. But the Presidency and the PDP fired back at him. The PDP described Gen. Buhari as “blood thirsty”. The Presidency said he is “a sectional leader” and “a serial loser” always encouraging violence. Yesterday, the CPC and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) rose in defence of Buhari. The AC N said Buhari’s caution was “timely and in order”.

The CPC said the Jonathan administration is “the political Boko Haram”. The ACN denounced “the crude, vitriolic and impudent verbal attack” on Gen. Buhari by the Presidency and the PDP for no other reason than his timely warning against election rigging in 2015. In a statement issued in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the statement for which Gen. Buhari is being sav-

aged was nothing but a warning against those who may be planning to rig the 2015 general elections. It said the viciousness of the seemingly co-ordinated attacks by the Presidency and the PDP raise a lot of concern regarding their plans for the 2015 elections. ‘’We hold no brief for anyone. But it is true that if elections are rigged, as they have been so shamelessly and brazenly done by the PDP since 1999, Continued on page 4


The Nation May 17, 2012  

The Nation May 17, 2012

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