The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside has alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike met justices of the Supreme Court in Imo State, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, before the January 27, 2016 judgement that upheld his election.
Peterside, who made the allegation while addressing a press conference in Port Harcourt yesterday, said it is obvious that the decision of the Supreme Court on the governorship election in the state was not a product of justice, but a product of compromise orchestrated to legalize electoral violence.
He said: “Credible information confirmed that Nyesom Wike had earlier confessed to some persons of having met one of the Justices of the Supreme Court in Mbaise during an important burial, another at Owerri, in a hotel and yet others in Dubai and Saudi Arabia respectively. These Justices were in the panel that decided the matter in Wike’s favour.
“However, the most striking revelation by Nyesom Wike is contained in his account at the thanksgiving service last Sunday (February 7). He obviously stunned his audience and the watching world when he confessed that when it came to judges, Dr. Peter Odili and his wife, Justice Mary Odili (a Justice of the Supreme Court) were his advisers.
“This simply confirmed his earlier statements that he had contact with the justices after several attempts to reach the Chief Justice of the country failed. It is therefore obvious that the decision of the Supreme Court on the Rivers State election was not a product of justice but rather a product of compromise and orchestrated contrivance to legalize electoral violence and rigging and, in turn, reward injustice. This calls for serious introspection by our judiciary and judicial officers.”
The APC governorship candidate also warned Wike against casting aspersions on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Nigerian military over the forthcoming March 19, 2016 rerun elections for the National Assembly and State House of Assembly seats in the state, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Let me draw the attention of Nyesom Wike to the fact that it is most callous of him to demonstrate such level of denigration on the gallant officers and men of the Nigerian military, who are putting their lives at risk every other day to safeguard the Nigeria state and citizens.
I Never Insulted Buhari – Gov Wike
In a separate reaction, Governor Wike has denied the allegation that he insulted President Muhammadu Buhari,as alleged by Peterside.
The governor also said he never referred to the Nigerian military as Boko Haram soldiers, saying he merely alluded to the fact that the soldiers will not allow themselves to be brought to assist the APC rig the forthcoming rerun elections in the state.
Wike, who spoke through the commissioner for information and communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, also denied the allegation that he is against the anti corruption drive of the Buhari-led administration.
“Governor Wike has never Insulted President Buhari and fully supports the fight against corruption. Governor Wike has never insulted the person or office of Mr. President. Nigerians know how much former Governor Amaechi and his co-travellers poured abuses and invectives on former President Goodluck Jonathan without any words of caution by the leadership of APC.
“It must be observed that Governor Wike’s commitment to the fight against corruption is total, complete and unequivocal. It is on record that upon assumption of office he instituted a commission of inquiry with judicial approval. That commission’s report has been given approval in a government white paper. One of those indicted is Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State.
He said the governor merely condemned a fight against corruption that abrogates the rule of law, which he said is one sided and is obviously targeted at political opponents.
‘‘These are concerns that all Nigerians are freely expressing. Why pick on Governor Wike? The Governor never referred to our gallant soldiers who lay their lives on the line everyday as “Boko Haram”. He merely alluded to the fact that even if the soldiers hardened and experienced by their fight against Boko Haram are brought to assist APC rig elections in Rivers State as the APC is boasting that they would, they still would not be able to defeat the will and resilience of the Rivers and Niger Delta People.”
He said it was sad that Peterside and the APC had not yet fully recovered from the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election in the state, hence their strange attempt to taint the judiciary’s reputation.
Dont Drag Odili’s Name In The Mud, Group Tells Peterside.Meanwhile, a group named South-south Pen Pushers has called on the Rivers State chapter of the APC and Peterside to desist from dragging in the mud, the name of Justice Mary Odili into the Supreme Court judgment which validated the election of Wike as the duly elected governor.
A terse statement signed by director of media of the group, Ambrose Inusa Sule said the APC governorship candidate who he described as ‘a frustrated and prostate loser has become a prodigal son of the South-south who because of his ambition was ready to give his paternity and that of the River people away for a mesh of pottage.’
“First, Dakuku Peterside should feel redeemed by the fact that Governor Nyesom Wike has ‘adopted’ him as a son given his capitulation on the altar of justice. For him (Peterside) to drag the Hon Justice Mary Odili and the Supreme Court as an institution into his woeful lamentation is to say the least appalling, crass and dangerous to the sanctity of the judicial system in Nigeria. For him to regurgitate second hand information as statements of fact is sad’’
Culled from: http://leadership.ng/news/499710/wike-met-supreme-court-justices-rivers-election-verdict-peterside