Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has blamed the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole for the protest at the residence of former Governor, Peter Odili.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the All Progressives Congress’ candidates as the winners of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Justice Peter-Odili asked INEC to issue a fresh certificate to the governorship candidate with the highest votes cast and wide geographical spread in the governorship election held on November 16, 2020.
Obeying the directive of the Supreme Court, INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmoud on Friday then declared PDP candidate, Douye Diri winner and issued him certificate of return.
This led to massive protest by members of the APC at the residence of Justice Mary Peter-Odili.
Speaking through the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim, Governor Wike berated the Federal Government over its silence in the sponsored threats to the lives of Dr Peter Odili and members of his family.
He wondered by the protesters would single out the Odili’s family when the Bayelsa judgment as a unanimous decision of a five-member panel of Supreme Court Justices.
“Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole and their hired agents to desist from the sponsorship of violent attacks against Dr Peter Odili and members of his family,” the governor said.
“The Council noted that in the past Rivers State suffered unfavourable Judicial Pronouncements and never resorted to self help as being promoted by APC Leaders in the case of Bayelsa State.
“The Rivers State Government will employ all legal means to protect Dr Peter Odili, members of his family and Rivers State Indigenes who are serving Federal and State Judicial officers .
“The Rivers State Government warns that should this harassment and intimidation continue, it will have no alternative than to retaliate,” Wike added.