Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of assaulting the reputation he built over his lifetime with the allegation that he sponsored thugs to attack the residence of the former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili.
Describing the claim conveyed through the Rivers State commissioner for information, Mr. Paulinus Nsirim that he Oshiomhole sponsored the thugs that invaded the Odili residence as unfounded, the All Progressives Congress, APC national chairman affirmed that as a beneficiary of court judgments he could not have impugned the character of the Odilis for the judgment against his party.
The protest at the Odilis followed the Supreme Court judgment that nullified the victory of the APC in Bayelsa State. The Supreme Court panel was headed by Justice Mary Odili.
Oshiomhole in his refutation further affirmed his long years of friendship with the Odilis despite what he claimed as their political differences.
In the statement issued by Oshiomhole’s Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the APC national chairman said:
“This reckless defamation of the character of Oshiomhole is unbecoming of a state government that is supposed to operate under the rule of law including fairness and justice to all.
“The statement is an egregious assault on the reputation that has taken Oshiomhole a life-time to build.
“For clarity, Oshiomhole was not in any way involved in the action that took place at the residence of Dr. Odili, a gentleman for whom Oshiomhole has tremendous respect as a friend of many years despite political differences.
“As a matter of principle, Oshiomhole condemns any harassment Hon. Justice Mary Odili had suffered for a judgment she gave within her powers as a judicial officer. Oshiomhole as a one-time beneficiary of judicial redress of injustice always holds the judiciary in the highest esteem and the obedience of court orders.
“Dissatisfied as a party, the APC under Oshiomhole’s leadership has returned to the Supreme Court seeking the review of the judgment . That is the democratic culture to which Oshiomhole subscribes.
“It would be expected that it is the police that should give account of what happened at the residence of Dr. Odili based on investigation and not the Rivers State government in Port Harcourt.
“The unsubstantiated allegation by the Rivers State government is, therefore, an insult on the APC National Chairman. It is an indecent thing for a state government to do in the circumstance.
“We hereby call on the Rivers State Government to toe the path of decency and withdraw the defamatory statement with due apologies.”