- The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress of plotting to rig the 2023 election just like 2019
- The fresh allegation was made by Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesman of the opposition on Tuesday, November 2
- Ologbondiyan, made the remark in reaction to the raid on Justice Mary Odili's Abuja home on Friday, October 29
The opposition party was reacting to the security raid carried out in the residence of the Supreme Court Justice.
Recall that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, October 29, stormed the Abuja home of Justice Odili.
The EFCC officers were at the house to execute a search warrant as part of investigations on allegations against her husband, Peter Odili, a former Rivers governor.
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The party described the attack on Justice Odili as horrendous, rascally, irresponsible, completely unjustified and should not be swept under the carpet on the guise of misleading whistleblower operation.
"It is clear that the attack on Justice Odili is part of a renewed script by the APC. Nigerians will recall how, ahead of the 2019 election, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, was clandestinely yanked off from his hallowed chamber, preparatory to the massive rigging that characterized the 2019 Presidential election."
Nigerians will defend democracy
Ologbodiyan, however, cautioned the ruling party and the presidency that times have changed. He noted that Nigerians are not ready to stomach a repeat of a coordinated assault on institutions of democracy.
The spokesman explained that they will firmly resist them with every means available within the ambit of the law.
While urging the judiciary to remain firm, PDP called on Nigerians to stand in defence of democracy.
We did not carry out any operation in Justice Odili’s home, EFCC cries out
Legit.ng previously reported that the EFCC denied news making the round that the Maitama, Abuja home of Justice Odili was invaded by personnel of the commission.
According to the anti-crime agency, there is no truth in the news that Odili's home was invaded by EFCC operatives.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
Malami denies ordering security raid on Mary Odili’s Abuja residence
In a related development, Nigeria's Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, denied ordering the security raid carried out in the residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, October 30, and signed by his media aide, Umar Gwandu, Malami stated that he was not in any way connected to the raid.
The AGF expressed worry about news reports linking him to the raid, describing them as concocted lies.