APC candidate in the April 14th 2015 governorship election in Rivers state, Dakuku Peterside, says he has it on good authority that Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, had prior contacts with some of the judges of the Supreme court before January 27th when the apex court upheld his election.
Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt the state capital today February 9th, Peterside said comments from Wike’s supporters in the early hours of the day the judgement was delivered by the Supreme court, suggested they had a fore knowledge of what it will be.
“Despite my acceptance and temperate public comments on the verdict of the supreme court on the 27th of January, 2016, Gov. Nyesom Wike, by his unguarded utterance last Sunday, seems to give credence to the pervading doubt being expressed on the judgment in public space, especially in the media.
Many Nigerians 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 though 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.
“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.”he said
The APC governorship candidate further stated that while speaking at a thanksgiving service he held in the state on Sunday February 7th, Wike said the former governor of the state, Peter Odili and his wife, Justice Mary Odili, were his advisers regarding the Supreme court case.
“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. For the records, in his speech at the church service, Gov. Nyesom Wike probably forgot that he was on live telecast when he 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.”he said