Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has warned that the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and former Governor of Bayelsa State and Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva will be held responsible if anything should happen to former Rivers Governor, Dr. Peter Odili and his family.
Mary Odili, wife of Peter Odili headed the five-man panel of justices that that sacked Bayelsa Governor-elect, David Lyon less than 24 hours to his swearing in.
The Peoples Democratic Party candidate Douye Diri had since been sworn-in as governor of Bayelsa State.
After an emergency State Executive Council meeting presided over by Wike on Wednesday, the Rivers State Government condemned the recent attacks on the residence of Odili as a result of the Supreme Court judgment which nullified the election of Lyon.
In a statement issued on behalf of the state government and signed by Paulinus Nsirim on Wednesday, the Wike-led government said the Federal Government seemed not to show interest in the sponsored threats to the lives of Odili and members of his family.
It condemned the barricading of the residence of Odili in Maitama, Abuja by alleged sponsored thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The government wondered why Odili’s family should be singled out for the unwarranted attack, when the judgment that ousted Lyon as Governor of Bayelsa State was a unanimous decision of a five-member panel of Supreme Court Justices.
The State government went further to warn Sylva, Oshiomhole and their alleged agents to desist from the violent attacks against Odili and members of his family.
“That the Rivers State Government will hold Timipre Sylva and Adams Oshiomhole responsible if anything happens to Dr Peter Odili and members of his family.
“That the Rivers State Executive Council noted that in the past Rivers State suffered unfavourable Judicial Pronouncements and never resorted to self-help as being promoted by APC leaders in the case of Bayelsa State,” it said.
The Wike-led government vowed that it would employ all legal means to protect Odili and members of his family and protect Rivers State Indigenes who were serving Federal and State Judicial officers.
“That the Rivers State Government warns that should this harassment and intimidation continue, it will have no alternative than to retaliate,” the statement said.
The government vowed it would defend the lives and property of Rivers people at all times, saying, “Enough is enough.”
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