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How Atiku reacted to Tanko’s resignation as CJN

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has described the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria as “commendable”.

BlackBox Nigeria had reported that Tanko resigned on Monday on grounds of ill health, barely a week after he was accused of corruption by some justices of the Supreme Court.

The highest ranking officer of the apex court, Justice Olukayode Ariowoola was immediately sworn in as the acting CJN.

In a statement on Monday, Atiku commended the outgoing CJN for his action and service to the nation.

The former Vice President also congratulated Tanko’s successor, Ariowoola, and wished him success as he takes over the responsibility of the nation’s judicial space.

“The decision of Justice Tanko Muhammad to vacate office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria is commendable. I wish him well, even as I commend him for his action and service to the nation,” Atiku said.

“I wish the newly sworn-in Acting CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariowoola, success as he steps in to fill the gap and assure him of my commitment to advancing the frontiers of judicial independenceand the promotion of separation of powers as the bedrock of deepening democracy and development.”

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