Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Stop Attacking Judiciary, Peterside Tells Wike, PDP

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial candidate in Rivers state has advised Governor Nyesom Wike and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party to discontinue onslaught on the judiciary.

The governorship candidate made this counsel on Tuesday, October 27, while fielding questions from newsmen on the latest development in the politics of the state, Daily Post reports.

Peterside said: “The vilification of an important arm of government like the judiciary by desperate politicians portends grave danger for Nigeria and her budding democracy.”

Wike and his party have been critical of the judiciary following the annulment of his election as governor by the Rivers State Election Tribunal on a petition brought by Peterside and the APC seeking for the nullification of April 11 election.

Peterside said that the alleged onslaught on the judiciary by Wike and the PDP might set the wrong precedence stating that this trend must be checked before it assumed a worrisome proportion.

He said: “The judiciary is a sacred and respected institution. Therefore, any person or persons who openly criticise judges and their rulings obviously have a sinister motive.

“However, it is gratifying to note that people are beginning to fully appreciate the character and temperament of the people we engaged during the last general elections in Rivers State.

“They are obviously finding it difficult to live under due process and the rule of law because they are used to impunity and violence, the two evils that were taken to new heights under the last government.”

Meanwhile,the APCe had praised the Nigerian Supreme Court for throwing out the appeal of the embattled governor of the state, Nyesom Wike to declare the sitting of Rivers state Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja as against the law.

The party went further to say it was pleased with Justice Okoro who agreed that the election in Rivers state was a theatre of war and as such protection of life and property of members of the panel and other concerned persons which had necessitated the relocation.