Friday, 30 October 2015

Wike dissociates self from comments made by media aide alleging a judicial gangup against him

Two days after one of his media aide, Opunabo Nko-Tariah released a statement describing the nullification of his April 11th election as a judicial gang up against him(read here), Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has dissociated himself from Nko-Tariah's comments.

Speaking at a meeting with Rivers state Stakeholders comprising of serving senators, House of Reps members, Traditional rulers and others at the government house in Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike said he has confidence in the judiciary and that he never sent any of his aides to disrespect the judiciary

"Be assured by the Grace of God our lawyers are working hard to file the appeal within stipulated time. I have told people that it is not in our character to cast aspersions on judges. I have also told people not to speak on my behalf to castigate judges. The tribunal is not the final appellate court on this matter. There is no need of castigating the judiciary. We are not one of those when judgment favours you, you says you have confidence in the judiciary. When it does not favour you, you lose confidence in the judiciary. I want to say in the past two days, you must have read where they quoted me as saying judicial terrorism or judicial gang-up, I never said so. And I never authorised anybody to say so on this matter"he said.

The governor added that his team of lawyers are working round the clock to complete the process of filing an appeal against the judgment. Speaking at the solidarity visit, Senator George Sekibo said that Wike was duly elected and his election will be updated in course of the appeal.

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