Friday, 5 February 2016

APC chairman never called for Supreme Court judges probe

John Odigie-Oyegun, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied media reports that he called for the probe of Supreme Court judges after they ruled in favour of Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Premium Times reports.

The Supreme Court had last week affirmed the electoral victory of Governor Wike of Rivers state and dismissed the suit of Dakuku Peterside, the APC governorship candidate who had prayed the court to upturn the victory.

A statement issued on Thursday, February 4 by Mala Buni, the national secretary of the APC said Oyegun never called for the Supreme Court judges to be probed.

The statement read: “Indeed, a copy of the statement issued following Chief Odigie-Oyegun’s meeting with the APC delegation from Rivers State was widely circulated. At no time during the meeting or in the statement referred to did the National Chairman make such a call for the probe of Supreme Court Judges. What transpired at the meeting was correctly reported in other media outlets.

“Given that the author of the Vanguard report was not physically at the venue of this event, but relied on this statement, it is baffling that he gave this slant to the story.”

The ruling party added that Oyegun “has the highest regards for the judiciary.”

Meanwhile, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce representing Bayelsa East constituency in the National Assembly condemned Oyegun’s boldness to threaten the Supreme Court judges and urged all politicians to emulate former president Goodluck Jonathan by learning to accept defeat.

On his part, the governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose commended the judges of the Supreme Court for having dispensed justice without fear despite intimidation and harassment while also condemning Oyegun.