PDP blames Odili’s attack on Oshiomhole
• Insists on his arrest
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the attack by suspected thugs on the residence of Justice Mary Odili on the national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and has therefore insisted on his arrest and interrogation.
The PDP’s position is predicated on the statement by the party boss following the nullification of the election of David Lyon of the APC as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state by the Supreme Court.
After the judgement, Oshiomhole had boasted that nobody governor would be sworn in in the state, which consequently witnessed violent riots.
Justice Odili was the lead Justice on the case.
A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary,
queried the federal government’s delay in arresting Oshiomhole, “for openly inciting the attack on Justice Mary Odili over the Supreme Court’s Judgment on the Bayelsa state governorship election.”
The PDP said that it was clear that the attack on Justice Odili by APC thugs was part of APC’s plot to intimidate, harass and cow the judiciary and judges to do only its bidding in delivering judgments on cases involving the PDP and its members.
The statement added: “The APC should know that Nigerians are not deceived by the desperate effort by its leadership to politicize the attack on Justice Odili by making flimsy and baseless allegations against the PDP, in a failed bid to divert public attention from their culpability in the attack.
“Nigerians know that the APC masterminded the attack on Justice Odili, using the same agents that coordinated the attacks on the residence of Governor Duoye Diri, the burning of PDP secretariat in Bayelsa and violent attacks on Radio Bayelsa by APC thugs.
“Our party, therefore, will definitely not allow the APC to drag it into politicizing these attacks.”
The PDP thus, insisted that the delay in arresting Oshiomhole for questioning, after it raised the alarm last Thursday and “even after hard evidence indicts him and the APC, only goes to validate public apprehensions of huge collision with certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to intimidate and annex the judiciary.”
The PDP described as distressing that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had failed to arrest Oshiomhole “after he openly instigated his party’s thugs against the Supreme Court and even declared that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa, in defiance of the judgment of the Supreme Court, leading to the attacks.”
The PDP charges the Police not to succumb to the antics of the APC but to immediately bring Oshiomhole to book on the attack on Justice Odili as well as the residence of Governor Duoye Diri and PDP secretariat in Bayelsa.
“Furthermore, our party charges the judiciary not to be deterred by the APC, which seeks to subjugate it to do its bidding on cases involving the PDP, our party members and other Nigerians perceived to be enemies of the APC administration,” the statement said.
The PDP said it stood with Nigerians in charging the Judiciary to remain firm as the last hope of the common man while urging the police to immediately arrest already known APC members behind the attacks on our judiciary.