The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the protest purportedly staged by its supporters at the residence of Justice Mary Odili, a justice of the Supreme Court.
Justice Odili gave the Supreme Court’s verdict which sacked APC’s David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state.
Following the verdict, a protest linked to APC supporters was staged at the residence of the revered judge in Abuja.
However, The Nation reports that APC deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, has dissociated his party and its supporters from the protest.
APC’s David Lyon was sacked by the Supreme Court, paving the way for the emergence of PDP’s Douye Diri as the new Bayelsa governor. Photo credit: Presidency
We gather that Nabena on Tuesday, February 18, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one of its governors of being responsible for the protest.
The deputy APC spokesperson claimed the PDP sponsored the protest in order to paint his party and its supporters in a bad light.
He added that it was the PDP that has been protesting against the judiciary by marching from one embassy to another.
Nabena also urged the judiciary to remain upright and always ensures the will of the people and rule of law prevail
He also tackled the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike, whom he described as the main financier of the PDP.
Nabena asked the Rivers state governor to explain his interest in the Bayelsa governorship election just as he tasked the people of his state to ask him how he spends their money.
He added that the leadership of the APC has called on the party’s supporters not to engage in violence as all legal avenues to reclaim the mandate are already being considered.
Earlier, it was reported that a group named Lawyers in Defence of Democracy (LDD) urged members and sympathisers of the APC to stop their verbal attacks on Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court following the loss of the party in the Bayelsa state.
APC members had allegedly singled out Justice Odili for derision days after the apex court sacked the party as the winner of last year’s governorship election.
The Supreme Court, in its ruling, noted that the deputy governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo forged his credentials.
Also, the APC has asked INEC to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state. However, the party’s call for a fresh poll sparked heated reactions from Nigerians.
Read some of the reactions below:
Aki Godluv Stan commented on Facebook: “APC should cover their face in shame, for not being intelligent enough to verify authentic and forged documents while screening their candidates. I will advice them to fire their national chairman because he is a disaster.”
Isaiah Emmanuel said: “Pls what did APC screening committee do when they screen candidates? Can someone show us their screening template. Incompetence everywhere. How on earth did they not vet the forms and supporting documents. Osho and his team is a disaster, a monumental failure. Oyegun is by mile more erudite and competent. Even a primary school cert holder will do better. They should bury their faces in SHAME!”
Nnamdi Nwachukwu also stated: “I don’t understand oshiomole and APC mathematics, 2/3 of 8 is 5.3333. How did they arrive at 6? 5.3333 to the nearest whole number is 5, this is elementary maths. Why are they trying to confuse some Nigerians cos not all Nigerians can fall for their voodoo maths. Pdp met the 2/3 in 5 local Govts and so are duly qualified.”