The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has sensationally alleged that the decision of the Supreme Court in the state’s governorship case was ‘bought’ by Governor Nyesom Wike with the active connivance of Justice Mary Odili.
Odili is a justice of the apex court and wife of a former governor of Rivers state, Dr. Peter Odili from 1999 to 2007.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 upheld the appeal by Gov. Wike against the earlier decisions by the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Appeal Court which concurrently annulled Wike’s election as governor.
Peterside in a statement on Tuesday in Port Harcourt alleged that despite his acceptance of the verdict of the Supreme Court “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.”
According to the APC candidate, “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.”
Peterside claimed that Gov. Wike on live telecast, 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 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.”