The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, condemned the continued mention and use of the name of the nation’s judiciary as a media hype by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, either to pre-empt expected rulings or raise false alarm over imagined moves to bribe the eminent jurists, all aimed at frightening and intimidating them.
“Though the APC’s dilemma and hopelessness is understandable, we have noted, but it is rather strange that the APC cannot issue any press statement, or make political utterance without involving the judiciary, accusing it of being bribed, lured or gratified by its perceived opponents.
More worrisome, the party lamented, was what it described as the false alarm, malicious fabrication of lies, negative characterisation and deliberate misinformation to unsuspecting members of the public to create disaffection between the judiciary, its officials and the larger society, all aimed at scoring cheap political points.
“Though habit hardly dies, as it is in the character of the Rivers APC and its surrogates, so called ‘advisers’, when they were mere megaphones with little knowledge of what constitute contempt of court, or at best, care less, because of the illusion of having their men at the top, the PDP would want to warn that, as a party with respect and integrity, led by a lawyer of repute, who is also the executive governor of the state, it’s not only criminally libellous, but also seditious for the APC to continue to drag the name of the highly respected Nigerian judiciary with some of the most reputable jurists around the world to the mud.”
The PDP also frowned at the name calling to eminent Rivers people and their women for expressing their minds on issues concerning their interests.
“To prove how bereft of knowledge and unpatriotic the Rivers APC and its leadership are, they have never failed to anchor their statements, reactions and even misinformation on ambers of disunity.
“And also not knowing their bounds, they have of recent resorted to accusing and scandalising the revered men of God in the state, for rising up with prayers to intervene in the APC plot to cause crisis in the state.”
The PDP condemned the alleged wanton and unbridled attitude to attack those whose views it said did not agree with theirs, including the clergy.
“Nothing could be more sacrilegious than this madness born out of desperation and has dire consequences. The APC should for once be civil and stop singing war songs all the time, even when there is nobody to quarrel with,” it warned.