How Gov. Wike procured favourable Supreme Court judgment — APC’s Dakuku Peterside

Dr. Dakuku Peterside
Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State in the April 2015 election, Dakuku Peterside, has alleged that the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed the election of the state governor, Nyesom Wike, was contrived to legalise electoral violence and rigging.

He spoke at a press conference in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Tuesday.

Mr. Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party was declared winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship election by the Supreme Court on January 27.

He had earlier lost to Mr. DaKuku at the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. The APC candidate had initially accepted the judgement of the Supreme Court.

The APC governorship candidate said Mr. Wike’s speech at a Church thanksgiving service last Sunday to mark his victory in the court as well as in other fora suggested that he (governor), his party and supporters “might have been in the know of what the judgment would be long before the Supreme Court pronounced it.”

He said despite his acceptance and temperate public comments on the verdict of the court, the governor seemed to have given credence to the pervading doubt being expressed on the judgement in public space, especially in the media about the judgement.

“Many a Nigerian continues to wonder why PDP and Governor Wike’s supporters went on wild celebration across Rivers State as early as 9 am on the Day of judgement even if the actual verdict was handed down at about 6:20 pm of that day,” Mr. Dakuku said.

“It clearly suggests that they might have been in the know of what the judgment would be long before the Supreme Court pronounced it.

“This is coupled with several comments especially on the social media some three weeks earlier such as ‘Thank God there will now be no need for a rerun election….. It is surely ending at the Supreme Court,” etc. etc.”

The APC candidate said information at his disposal confirmed that the governor told some persons he did not name that he (governor) met with one of the justices of the Supreme Court in Mbaise, a town in Imo State, another one in a hotel in Owerri, the state capital and others outside the country.

According to him, the two justices were incidentally members of the panel that decided the case last month.

He said, “Credible information confirmed that Nyesom Wike had earlier confessed to some persons of having met one of the Justices of the Supreme Court in Mbaise during an important burial, another at Owerri in a hotel and yet others in Dubai and Saudi Arabia respectively. These Justices were in the panel that decided the matter in Wike’s favour.

“However, the most striking revelation by Nyesom Wike is contained in his account at the thanksgiving service last Sunday. He obviously stunned his audience and the watching world when he confessed that when it came to the Judges, Dr. Peter Odili and the wife Justice Mary Odili [a Justice of the Supreme Court] were his advisers.

“This simply confirmed his earlier statements that he had contact with the Justices after several attempts to reach the Chief Justice of the country failed.

“It is therefore obvious that the decision of the Supreme Court on the Rivers State Election was not a product of justice but rather a product of compromise and orchestrated contrivance to legalise electoral violence and rigging and, in turn, reward injustice. This calls for serious introspection by our Judiciary and judicial officers.”

Mr. Dakuku said the governor probably forgot that he was on live telecast when he said he had midnight discussions with a former governor of the state, Peter Odili, who incidentally is the husband of Mary Odili, a Supreme Court justice.

“This shocking confession needs no further explanation except for you and other decent Nigerians to further make your fair conclusions,” he said.

The APC candidate said while addressing civil servants in Port Harcourt, Mr. Wike exhibited unconscionable indiscretion of the highest order by re-echoing his earlier incendiary statements threatening personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission with death over the forthcoming national and state assemblies rerun elections.

Stating that the statement threatening INEC officials was the most callous a governor would make, Mr. Dakuku said “It is a known fact that Wike promotes violence and believes so much in jungle justice but he forgets that such outlook does not have any place in a civilized society.”

He said Mr. Wike’s outburst at the thanksgiving service that blood would have flowed if the governorship election was going to hold again confirmed beyond doubt that the governor was not only behind the orgy of violence during the last elections, but also funded and sponsored it.

Mr. Peterside warned the governor to stop verbal attack on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military.

Decrying a statement credited to Mr. Wike challenging the president to “bring your Boko Haram soldiers to Rivers State” during the rerun, the APC candidate said that kind of statement “typifies the persona of Gov. Nyesom Wike as someone lacking in respect, patriotism and character of being a councillor much more a state governor in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

He stated further, “Let me draw the attention of Nyesom Wike to the fact that it is most callous of him to demonstrate such level of denigration on the gallant officers and men of the Nigerian military who are putting their lives at risk every other day to safeguard the Nigeria state and citizens when he referred to them as Boko Haram soldiers.

“I vehemently condemn such display of verbal indiscretion against Mr. President and the Nigerian military.”

Efforts to speak with Simeon Nwakaudu, media aide to Mr. Wike failed as he did not pick calls to his mobile telephone.

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  • ayobamiba

    Peterside is an irresponsible traitor, how on earth does this bewitched irresponsible supposed and so believed that rivers state shall willingly hand over their state to a party generally perceived as being on the same page with boko haram and the slave masters.the east of the Niger have jointly rejected APC the axis of evil party and no amount of wailing by a Judas called peterside can betray rivers state into the hands of those who loved our oil and hated our people. Shame to this peterside of a traitor.

  • Issei

    Dakuku forget about APC ever winnings even a councilor seat in the entire south south and east, And if at all you think that will happen, then you can as well think PDP will win any Election in Kano or Katsina,presently and thats the bitter truth at the moment, maybe in future things might change,In 2019 middle belt will be the battle ground,any of the two main parties that we have presently,that was able to get the support of the zone will surely form next Govt

    • ayobamiba

      APC is an axis of evil and a big wound and a curse on Nigeria. If APC shall so decieve themselves about winning delta,rivers,akwaibom,cross river,bayelsa etc not minding the highest level of disdain, dislike,even hatred the citizens of those states have for the axis of evil party,it therefore shows that with APC ,it is good bye to true democracy. I hate APC with passion. This evil conclave have successfully destroyed all the institutions and pillars carrying democracy in Nigeria. Finally they are up against the supreme Court of Nigeria. May God Almighty implode,explode and destroy this axis of evil before they finally destroy this dear nation. Shame unto this evil conclave.

      • justification

        Amen, good talk

      • Raphaels Godwin

        Anti APC, Keep vomitting

    • justification

      Absolutely fact you are making, here pls tell him oooo

  • GEJ FOREVER

    LAMENTATIONS OF A FAILED TRAITOR

    Initially, I had thought that Dakuku Peterside should be sent to an orphanage … but now I really think he should be sent to a home for the mentally retarded.

    • favourtalk

      Your brain needs a serious resetting

      • Right Minded

        Moron!

        • Okafor

          Dakuku is not even a Rivers man. He is from Abia state

    • Sadiq Garba

      I’m not surprised. The picture on display described how clueless you are.

  • LV Uzo

    mad man peterside

    • favourtalk

      You will be alright soon.

  • K-KAY

    Dakuku, you sure are a refined gentle man. The ordinary Rivers indigene is the victim of the electoral robbery. Time will tell what ultimately becomes of Rivers State sooner than later.

  • signipote

    I was thinking dakuku has sense before but now I confirm he’s politically mentally retarded . This man is too desperate and I hate him for this he has said . He is a drowned man .

    • favourtalk

      Don’t worry, your eyes will soon be clear

  • favourtalk

    Soon, rivers will know the mistake they made, ekiti is already regretting thier action

  • Bambam

    The truth is the Supreme court judges were bribed..and by the way for how long shall we continue to condone this man called Peter Odili?..I believe is time is up and time to end the super injunction he purchased at the court!!

  • isaac

    Dakuku,ameachi zombie traitors of Niger delta.

  • miema

    Wailing wailers continue wailing… the pple hv chosen Wike ….. go hug transformer…

    • Okafor

      Dakuku, the Supreme Court has decided and it’s final. Take it or leave it. You led delegation to Abuja and had audience with APC chairman who called for SC judges to be probed, just because the judgement didnt come in your favour. You’re simply compounding your problem.

  • Right Minded

    From all the statements credited to Dakuku, it clearly shows that this man is really embittered and sad about his loss at the Supreme Court. He is trying to create great enmity between the Rivers State Govt and the Nigerian Army thereby making Rivers State ungovernable for Gov Wike. Let Dakuku know that the Supreme court has spoken, and he should just keep his mouth shut and go prepare for another election in 2019. Nothing, absolutely nothing can reverse the judgement of the Supreme court both in Rivers & Ekiti State.

    • dave jacob

      Yes, you are right. Nothing can reverse the judgment of the Supreme Court concerning Rivers State. Dakuku has all the right to be bitter if he feels he has been unjustly treated. But IF Wike actually said Justice Mary Odili, a justice of the Supreme Court and wife of one of PDP’s stalwarts in the State, is one of his advisers, Wike, as regards that particular statement, should be investigated. IF he really said so, he should be made to explain the advice Justice Odili, a member of the Supreme Court, gave to him. In a sane clime, this is what will happen IF WIKE REALLY SAID SO. But then, let us wait for the reasons to be given by the Supreme Court, and we will compare them to those of the lower courts.

      • Joe

        your name is Jacob, and so shall it be.

  • Adolph Ugoo

    That judgment was never procured because it’s in line with the earlier judgments of the Supreme Court in Appeal Nos SC .907/2015: Shinkafi vs Yari (in favour of APC), from Zamfara State (where card reader was first discarded in preference for voter’s register covered by the extant Electoral Act); SC.1004/2015: Okereke vs Umahi, from Ebonyi state; as well as the Gombe State Governorship appeal of Inuwa Yahya vs Ibrahim Dankwambo; and several other governorship cases decided on the April 11, 2015 governorship elections. Wike vs Dakuku Peterside could not have been different because of the application of the doctrine of stare decisis.

    • dave jacob

      My fear is that if the card reader mechanism is deemed discarded at any point during an election for one reason or the other, future elections are already rigged, and the opposition will be on the defensive. APC will just be patient for future elections when it will have its pound of flesh, being the party in power, exploiting the same roguish tactic and we shall be back to square one. This the PDP in Rivers and other States should know now.Very sad!!!

  • kayode Olufade

    All these are allegations of which can be simply denied anywhere. I thought the fellow had concrete evidence