- PDP has again said that the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, must be arrested
- Oshiomhole had said Diri would not be sworn-in as the governor of Bayelsa state after he was declared the winner of the governorship election in the sate
- The party also noted that Oshiomhole's statement was a ploy to intimidate the judiciary
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has queried the federal government’s delay in arresting the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for openly inciting the attack on Justice Mary Odili over the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Bayelsa state governorship election.
Legit.ng reports that the party's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Thursday, February 20, said it was clear that the attack on Justice Odili by APC thugs was part of the party'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.
He noted that the APC should know that Nigerians are not deceived by the desperate effort by its leadership to politicise 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, insists 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 a huge collision with certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to intimidate and annex the judiciary," he said.
The PDP describes 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 charged 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.
"The PDP stands 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," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Diri, governor of Bayelsa, appointed four principal officers into his cabinet a week after being sworn into office.
It was reported that Daniel Alabrah, the governor’s acting chief press secretary, announced this in a statement on Thursday, February 20.
He said the governor appointed Friday Benson, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, as secretary to the state government, while Irorodamie Komonibo will serve as principal secretary.
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