Dismissal Of Sekibo’s Appeal: APC Will Not Criticise Judges Now, Says Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has criticised the All Progressives Congress and the Federal Government for their attitude toward the judiciary, saying they only criticise judges when they lose cases and applaud them when they win.

The governor’s comments on Saturday were in reaction to the failure of Mr George Sekibo of the Peoples Democratic Party to overturn his removal as the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District.

The Appeal Court had on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by Mr Sekibo, challenging the judgment of the Rivers State National Election Tribunal which removed him as Senator.

“Now that we have lost, nobody is saying that the Judiciary is corrupt. They are not saying that the judiciary is corrupt because they have won,” Governor Wike said at a meeting with leaders of Okirika and Ogu-Bolo local government areas.

“Tomorrow, if we win, they will say judiciary is corrupt. Then they will send security operatives to arrest the judges. Nobody will bother to go now and arrest the judges to find out what happened.”

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Thursday’s Appeal Court ruling has also led the governor to revive his criticism of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police.

He said, “Remember, last year, I raised an alarm that INEC and police were planning to rig the rerun elections. We caught people printing INEC result sheets and reported the matter. Somebody was arrested. They sent the person to Zone 6 Calabar and granted him bail. Till now, they are yet to complete investigations into that critical matter.

“INEC declared results. All of us know that if elections are held 20 times, Senator George Thompson Sekibo will win. INEC printed their own result sheets, same serial numbers, these people printed their own result sheets with same INEC serial numbers. You ask yourself, how did they get to know INEC’s serial numbers? Because they could not smuggle in their own result sheets, INEC declared the authentic results.”

Governor Wike said the latest development was an indication of the plan for 2019.

He alleged that while INEC’s authentic results were rejected by the tribunal, it admitted results he claimed were manufactured by the police.

“I have no trouble with that, but I thought that the reverse should have been the case. It has opened our eyes ahead of 2019,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Mr Sekibo thanked the Wike for standing with him throughout the struggle and assured him of the support of the people of Okrika at all times.

“I have been sacrificed and buried, but PDP will come back stronger and better. We shall stand with Governor Wike,” he said.

Sekibo’s wife rescued from kidnappers

The wife of the Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, George Thompson Sekibo who was kidnapped last Thursday in Port Harcourt has been rescued, a family source said on Monday.

Senator George Thompson Sekibo whose wife was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt.

Asime sekibo along with two other ladies was abducted under the Obiri Ikwerre Bridge (still under construction) along the East-West road at about 7:00pm, while returning from the University of Port Harcourt, Choba.

A reliable family source told Channels Television news that Mrs Sekibo was rescued from her abductors by security forces somewhere close to Bayelsa along the East-West road at about 5:30pm on Monday.

The family source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said no ransom was paid to the kidnappers, adding that the Senator’s wife has since been reunited with her family.

The spokesman of the Rivers state police command, Ben Ugwuegbulam (DSP), could not confirm the rescue of Mrs Sekibo. He said “I have heard of the development, but I’m still waiting for the details of how it happened”.

The Kidnappers had reportedly contacted Senator Sekibo to demand for an undisclosed amount of ransom money.