Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has decried the recent statement made by the Rivers State Government.
The statement speculated that he (Oshiomhole) and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, had sponsored thugs to attack the residence of a former governor, Peter Odili, over the Bayelsa saga.
The Rivers State Government issued several warnings against Oshiomhole and Sylva to put an end to their alleged attacks on Justice Mary Odili, who was the wife of Former Rivers Governor. She is also a member of the Supreme Court panel that gave a unanimous verdict against the APC governor-elect in Bayelsa State, David Lyon.
Spokesman to the former Edo State governor, Simon Ebegbulen, in a statement issued late hours of Thursday, announced that it was unbecoming of a government who are supposed to operate under the rule of law, to be pointing fingers at an innocent man.
Ebegbulen added that the statement was a heinous assault on the reputation that has taken Oshiomhole a lifetime to build.
He said, ”Oshiomole did not send thugs after the family of Peter Odili whom he has tremendous respect as a friend of many years despite political differences
“As a matter of principle, Oshiomhole condemns any harassment, Hon. Justice Mary Odili had suffered for a judgment she gave within her powers as a judicial officer.
“Dissatisfied as a party, the APC under Oshiomhole’s leadership has returned to the Supreme Court seeking the review of the judgment. That is the democratic culture to which Oshiomhole subscribes.
“It would be expected that it is the police that should give account of what happened at the residence of Dr Odili based on investigation and not the Rivers State government in Port Harcourt.
“The unsubstantiated allegation by the Rivers State government is, therefore, an insult on the APC National Chairman. It is an indecent thing for a state government to do in the circumstance.”