Dr. Umar Ardo, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, has stated that the moment former president Goodluck Jonathan removed Justice Salami as president of the Appeal Court, he lost the 2015 election.
The former special assistant to ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar said
that singular action paved the way for the merger between Bola Tinubu’s ACN and Buhari’s CPC.
In an interview with Daily Sun, Ardo claimed that a secret alliance between Jonathan’s PDP and Tinubu’s ACN was end when the judge was sacked.
He stated: “Jonathan lost the election from that Sunday he removed
Justice Salami as president of Court of Appeal.
“Because that act effectively ended the secret alliance between
Jonathan’s PDP and Tinubu’s ACN.
“More importantly, it handed over Tinubu’s ACN to Buhari’s CPC for
the APC merger.
“The reason is, of the then six ACN controlled states, only Lagos was
by INEC’s pronouncement; the rest was by tribunals’ pronouncements
headed by Justice Salami as President, Court of Appeal.
“So Salami’s brazen removal obviously was a serious affront to the
“The causal causation is this – without CPC going to tribunal, Salami
wouldn’t have been removed; without Salami’s removal, ACN would
not have been thrown in the arms of Buhari, without which there
would be no merger, and without which incumbent wouldn’t have been