OrderPaperToday- The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate for Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has claimed that Governor Nyesom Wike’s victory in the Supreme Court was stage- managed and fixed before the ruling.
In a press conference at the APC State Secretariat in Port Harcourt, Peterside told newsmen that church service celebrating Wike’s victory holds various pointers to the “pervading doubt being expressed on the judgment in public space especially in the
According to him, here are a few evidences.
“Many a Nigerian continues to wonder why PDP and Gov. Wike’s supporters went on wild celebration across Rivers State as early as 9am on the day of judgment even if the actual verdict was handed down at about 6:20pm of that day. It clearly suggests that they might have been in the know of what the judgment would be long before the Supreme Court pronounced it. This is coupled with several comments especially on the social media some 3 weeks earlier such as “Thank God there will now be no need for a rerun election….. It is surely ending at the Supreme Court,” etc. etc.”
The embattled APC candidate also made claims of being in possession of “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.”
Peterside also made more references to Wike’s thanksgiving speech on February 7, 2016 and called for the self- examination of Nigeria’s judiciary.
“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.”