Isaac Ngumah in this interview speaks with former Presidential candidate of National Conscience Party (NCP), Martins Onovo. The politician x-rays the state of the nation.
Going by the recent resignation of former Chief Judge of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, of what effect do you think that will have on the nation?
The Hon. Justice Onnoghen’s resignation was a very brilliant and patriotic preemptive move that confounded this dictatorial regime. With the unlawful harassment he faced and the threat of further destruction of the judiciary in Nigeria, he resigned in the interest of the judiciary. We can see from the Code of Conduct Tribunal processes that this dictatorial regime had no case against the man and was simply harassing him unlawfully because he is a southern Christian which makes him a third class citizen in Nigeria who should not hold such a high position.
2019 general elections have been concluded and there cases at before the election tribunal, what is your take?
There was no election in 2019. It was simply a N250 billion charade that was arranged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to return General Muhammadu Buhari to power fraudulently. Femi Falana, SAN called it an “expensive joke”. Labour leaders have condemned the charade. Most foreign and local observers condemned it. Christian and Muslim leaders have also condemned it. We condemn it categorically. It must not stand. Those that have filed their cases before the election petition tribunals are good citizens who believe in the rule-of-law. Going to an election petition tribunal is the right moral and legal move for anyone that is dissatisfied with the elections. Remember that Mr. Peter Obi recovered his mandate from a ruling party that stole his governorship mandate in Anambra State after a few years. We encourage all those that have gone to election tribunals to pursue their cases diligently.
Don’t you think losers should emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan by not going to court?
To accept a fraud is not on the path of honour. Truly the path of honour is to stand for what is right. An unpatriotic charade should not be accepted by any man of honour. Gen. Buhari knows that he lost the election and he must accept defeat. We pray that he moves to the path of honour and accepts his defeat.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging the outcome of presidential poll, does he stands any chance?
Leadership is by example. His Excellency Alhaji Atiku, GCON and His Excellency Okwute Peter Obi have both shown great leadership quality by their decision to go to the tribunal. That is the right direction to go. They have the support of an overwhelming majority of Nigerians and they will surely recover their stolen mandate, if they persevere. Nigerians gave their mandate to Atiku. The ruling cabal connived with INEC and security forces to steal the mandate. We shall support their Atiku and Obi spiritually, morally, politically and legally to recover their stolen mandate from the ruling cabal.