The All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has attacked the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, over his claim that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, sponsored hoodlums to attack the residence of the former governor, Peter Odili, over the ruling of the Supreme Court.
The Rivers State government had warned the former Governor of Edo State, Oshiomhole and Sylva to stay away from Justice Mary Odili over her ruling that affected the APC governor-elect in Bayelsa State, David Lyon.
The former spokesperson of Oshiomhole, Simon Ebegbulen, in a statement noted that the statement credited to the River State government lacks operation under the rule of law, including fairness and justice to all.
Ebegbulen further stated that the statement of the Rivers State is an assault on the reputation of the APC National Chairman which has taken him years to build.
He noted that Oshiomhole has no hand in the attack at the residence of Odili, “whom Oshiomhole has tremendous respect as a friend of many years despite political differences”.
“As a matter of principle, Oshiomhole condemns any harassment, Hon. Justice Mary Odili had suffered for a judgment she gave within her powers as a judicial officer,” he said.
The statement pointed out that Oshiomhole who is a one-time beneficiary of the Judicial redress always hold the judiciary in the highest esteem.
“Dissatisfied as a party, the APC under Oshiomhole’s leadership has returned to the Supreme Court seeking the review of the judgment. That is the democratic culture to which Oshiomhole subscribes”, it added.
“It would be expected that it is the police that should give an account of what happened at the residence of Dr Odili based on investigation and not the Rivers State government in Port Harcourt.”
“The unsubstantiated allegation by the Rivers State government is, therefore, an insult on the APC National Chairman. It is an indecent thing for a state government to do in the circumstance,” he added.