The Rivers state All Progressive Congress (APC), on Friday, came out to deny media reports that the party’s Governorship candidate for the state, Dakuku Peterside, insulted a former governor of the state, Peter Odili, and his wife, Justice Mary Odili, a justice of the supreme court.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court recently affirmed Nyesom Wike’s election as the governor of the state, this has resulted in sharp exchanges between the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressive Congress (APC)
The APC in a statement signed by the Rivers state Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, averred that the said comment made by Peterside, which the PDP described as an insult to Peter Odili and his wife, was made in reference to an earlier remark which Wike allegedly made during a church thanksgiving to celebrate his victory.
The statement from the APC reads in part: “Peterside did not, for all intents and purposes, insult the former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili and his wife, Justice Mary Odili as canvassed in (Rivers PDP chairman) Felix Obuah’s press statement.
“Dakuku Peterside merely quoted the governor and then concluded his reference to the governor’s speech by saying: ‘This shocking confession needs no further explanation except for you and other decent Nigerians to further make your fair conclusions.
“The APC would like to ask Felix Obuah and the PDP: Where lies the insult on Dr. Peter Odili and his wife in the reference Peterside made to Gov. Wike’s public comment?
“Indeed, if anyone indirectly insulted the former governor and his wife, it is Gov. Nyesom Wike because of his unwarranted boasts and dropping of names of the former governor and his wife while holding discussions with his associates.
“Some of these same associates of Gov. Nyesom Wike, in turn, take the names dropped by the Governor to public space with its attendant negative perception.”
The APC further asked Gov. Wike to apologize to the Odilis for tinting their name, saying that they cannot disrespect Peter Odili or his wife.
It would be recalled that Governor Wike, during a church thanksgiving, had said that:
“Let me thank our former governor, Dr. Peter Odili. He will call me midnight to tell me what to do….he will say ‘go so so place.’ I took all his advice, and here we are today.”
This lead to insinuation by several quarters that the former governor, whose wife is a justice of the apex court, might have influenced the Supreme Court decision.