By Ezeocha Nzeh
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Wednesday that it has no hands in Tuesday’s protest at the Abuja residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili, who presided over the five man justice panel that handled the matter
The ruling party, which emphasised that it has no traceable history of violence accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s leaders of staging the protest to ridicule the APC following its rejection of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Bayelsa State governorship elections
The APC while reacting to the protest, alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership and a South south governor sponsored it to attract sympathy from the public
The APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary Mr. Yekini Nabena, told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that the public should not be hoodwinked by the PDP.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain who cautioned the general public against what he described as PDP’s antics said the opposition party sponsored protesters who identified themselves as “APC supporters”, adding that it was a smokescreen to portray the APC Governorship candidate, Chief David Lyon and his APC supporters in bad light.
He also called on the judiciary to ignore the PDP’s antics and always side with the will of the people and rule of law in all matters.
Nabena noted that in recent times, PDP is used to protesting from one embassy to another just to blackmail the Judiciary.
“Nobody should be fooled by the usual antics of the PDP. Resort to extra-judicial tactics such as maligning the Judiciary and its officials is the PDP’s stock-in-trade. The same hired urchins the PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus has used for his senseless protests to the embassies of the UK, US and the European Union were used for Tuesday’s protests at Justice Odili’s residence.
“The APC National leadership is already pursuing all legal avenues to contest the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Duoye Diri as Bayelsa Governor, despite failng to meet the mandatory constitutional requirement to become the governor.
“Also, our leaders have already told our supporters to avoid violent confrontations while legal avenues are sort to review INEC’s unconstitutional decision. Our people have listened and are confident our judicial system will ensure that the people’s will and justice is done.” Nabena said.