By Nuel Suji, Abuja – The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers State in the last April election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has condemned what it called the denigration of the judiciary by the governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, describing it as a dangerous example that must be checked.
Peterside warned Mr. Wike and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that castigating an important arm of government like the judiciary by desperate politicians portends grave danger for Nigeria and her budding democracy.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Sylvester Asoya, in Abuja, the APC governorship candidate said the disparagement and on-going war against the judiciary are dangerous example that must be checked quickly because of its calamitous consequences.
“The judiciary is a sacred and respected institution. Therefore, any person or persons who openly criticize judges and their rulings obviously have a sinister motive.
“However, it is gratifying to note that people are beginning to fully appreciate the character and temperament of the people we engaged during the last general elections in Rivers State. They are obviously finding it difficult to live under due process and the rule of law because they are used to impunity and violence, the two evils that were taken to new heights under the last government.
“If service is really the reason for being in politics, then it is tragic that these politicians are conducting themselves in such a spiteful manner. Nobody is above the law and when people openly and brazenly challenge institutions of state like the judiciary, it sends the wrong signal.
“The APC in Rivers State and its candidates took their losses at the various election petitions tribunals with equanimity, knowing full well that a window of opportunity still exists. Even when we felt very dissatisfied with the verdicts, we still did not abuse the judiciary or judges who handled our cases because we know the consequences of such defamatory actions.
“Wike and Rivers PDP are still living in the past but they should be reminded that Nigeria of today is a survivor because she defeated impunity and all the lawlessness of the last administration”.