Adegboyega Awomolo, the lead counsel to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, has disclosed that his principal is yet to resign from his position.
According to him, Mr Onnoghen’s decision is a retirement and not a resignation from office.
Reports had it the 68-year-old submitted his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.
According to Awomolo, Mr Onnoghen sent his notice of retirement to President Muhammadu Buhari in line with constitutional provisions.
“What he has done is to send his notice of retirement to the President. And he has done so, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.
“His position from day one has been that it is only the NJC that can discipline him. Now that the NJC has spoken, out of respect for the NJC and the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Nigerian Judiciary, he sent his letter of retirement, not resignation. He never resigned.
“All he has done is to send a letter to the president, saying thank you. I have served this country for about 32 years. I want to retire. That’s all he has done,” Mr Awomolo said.