By Lateef Ibrahim
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed dismay with the federal government’s delay in arresting the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for openly inciting the attack on Justice Mary Odili over the Supreme Court Judgment on the Bayelsa state governorship election.
The PDP said that it is clear that the attack on Justice Odili by APC thugs is part of APC’s plot to intimidate, harass and cow the judiciary and judges to do only its bidding in delivering judgments on cases involving the PDP and its members.
The party said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The leading opposition party pointed out that the the APC should know that Nigerians are not deceived by the desperate efforts by its leadership to politicize the attack on Justice Odili by making flimsy and baseless allegations against it (the PDP), in a failed bid to divert public attention from their culpability in the attack.
According to the statement by Ologbondiyan, “Nigerians know that the APC masterminded the attack on Justice Odili, using the same agents that coordinated the attacks on the residence of Governor Duoye Diri, the burning of PDP secretariat in Bayelsa and violent attacks on Radio Bayelsa by APC thugs.
“Our party, therefore, will definitely not allow the APC to drag it into politicizing these attacks.
“The PDP thus, insistes that the delay in arresting Oshiomhole for questioning, after it raised the alarm last Thursday and even after hard evidence indicts him and the APC, only goes to validate public apprehensions of a huge collusion with certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to intimidate and annex the judiciary”, it said.
The PDP described as distressing that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had failed to arrest Oshiomhole after he openly instigated his party’s thugs against the Supreme Court and even declared that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa, in defiance of the judgment of the Supreme Court, leading to the attacks.
The PDP charged the Police not to succumb to the antics of the APC but to immediately bring Oshiomhole to book on the attack on Justice Odili as well as the residence of Governor Duoye Diri and PDP secretariat in Bayelsa.
“Furthermore, our party charges the judiciary not to be deterred by the APC, which seeks to subjugate it to do its bidding on cases involving the PDP, our party members and other Nigerians perceived to be enemies of the APC administration”, it drclared.
Continuing, the statement said, “The PDP stands with Nigerians in charging the Judiciary to remain firm as the last hope of the common man while urging the police to immediately arrest already known APC members behind the attacks on our judiciary”.