Bayelsa: We’ll Hold Oshiomhole, Timipre Responsible If Anything Happens – Govt Warns
The Rivers State government has reacted to the recent protest at the private residence of one of the Justice of the Supreme Court who ruled against the sacked David Lyon and his deputy in Bayelsa State.
The government says it will hold the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva responsible if anything happens to the Justice.
The affected justice, Mary Odili is the wife of a former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.
She was one of the justices who ruled against the deputy governor of Bayelsa State Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo which sacked the governor David Lyon as the governor of the state.
The court ruled that the APC deputy governorship candidate in the 2019 election Degi-Eriemienyo forged his credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Lyon had been declared winner but was unseated by the Apex court on the ground of his deputy misconduct.
Protesters sympathetic to the APC had blockaded Odili’s residence on Tuesday in protest of the judgement.
In a communique released on Wednesday, the Rivers State’s Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim said, “that the Rivers State Executive Council observed that the Federal Government seems not to show interest in the sponsored threats to the lives of Dr Peter Odili and members of his family”.
“That the Rivers State Executive Council condemns the barricading of the residence of Dr Peter Odili at Maitama, Abuja by sponsored thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” the communique read.
“That the Rivers State Executive Council wondered why Dr Peter Odili’s family should be singled out for the unwarranted attack when the judgment that ousted David Lyon as Governor of Bayelsa State was a unanimous decision of a five-member panel of Supreme Court Justices.
“That Rivers State Government will hold Timipre Sylva and Adams Oshiomhole responsible if anything happens to Dr Peter Odili and members of his family.”
Rivers State government defended that it had had several unfavourable judgements and did not resort to self-help.
It warned that it would use every legal means to protect Rivers indigenes who are Judicial officers at the federal and state level.