CONTROVERSY over the Supreme Court judgement on the governorship election in Rivers State is not yet over. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, has expressed doubts that the Supreme Court ruling that gave victory to Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was a product of justice.
Peterside who spoke at a news conference on Tuesday, February 9, in Port Harcourt, said: “It is 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 legalise electoral violence and rigging and in turn reward injustice.”
Besides, Peterside alleged that some of Wike’s actions and statements before and after the judgment were indicative of his foreknowledge of the judgment.
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. He obviously stunned his audience and the watching world when he confessed that when it came to the Judges, Dr. Peter Odili and the 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 legalise electoral violence and rigging and, in turn, reward injustice. This calls for serious introspection by our Judiciary and judicial officers.
“For the records, in his speech at the church service, Governor Nyesom Wike probably forgot that he was on live telecast when he stated: ‘Let me thank our former governor, Dr. Peter Odili (husband of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili). He will call me midnight to tell me what to do….he will say ‘go to so so place.’ I took all his advice, and here we are today’.
“This shocking confession needs no further explanation, except for you and other decent Nigerians to further make your fair conclusions.”
He, therefore, called on Wike to stop what he described as insults directed at President Muhamadu Buhari.
According to Peterside, Wike during his thanksgiving service in Port Harcourt made disparaging comments on the Nigerian army.
“Wike must stop insulting Mr President and denigrating the Nigerian military,” he said.
He said that the APC was not demoralised because of its loss at the apex court, stressing that the party was ready for the rerun legislative elections slated for March 19.
The Supreme Court gave its decision on the Rivers governorship election on July 27, promising to make the reasons known later.
— Feb 10, 2016 @ 14:10 GMT