Rivers Re-run: Gov. Wike’s Panel of Inquiry as laughable, Peterside


The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers State in the 2015 general elections, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has described as laughable the constitution of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry by Governor Nyesom Wike to investigate the alleged violence that marred the December 10, 2016 rerun election in the state.

Peterside likened the action of Governor Wike to the proverbial witch who cried the previous night and the child died the following day, adding that the governor had no shame as he continues to ridicule the office he occupied.

Questioning the moral justification for the governor’s action, Dr. Peterside wondered, “is there nobody telling the governor the truth? Here is a governor who told Rivers people not to attend an investigative panel set up by the Police to probe issues surrounding the election and an audio recording even went viral where the governor threatened INEC officials with death.

“Is it not laughable that the same governor has now set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe issues surrounding the election and he expects Rivers people to obey him. What manner of a governor is Nyesom Wike?

“How can a responsible governor be urging Rivers people to be lawless. How can such a governor call on Rivers people not to obey police investigation and yet expects them to obey his own kangaroo judicial commission?

“The same Wike accused police of seeking to achieve a pre-determined goal in its investigation to nail PDP members and I ask, what goal is the governor seeking to achieve with his own panel of inquiry? To exonerate PDP members and pronounce APC members guilty?”.

Dr. Peterside, who is also the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said Wike remained an accused in the matter and could therefore not set up an investigative panel, else it was dead on arrival.

“I call on the Justice Chinwendu Nwogu-led panel to be very careful not to be used by Wike to achieve a dubious end. We all recall the Omereji panel and what the governor wanted to use it to achieve. In the end, his evil plan failed.

“Justice Nwogu was only recently made a judge by Governor Wike. I hope he is not being used to do the bidding of the governor and the PDP. I admonish the Judge to be circumspect in his dealings knowing that posterity awaits him if he allows himself to be a willing tool in the governor’s hands,” Dr. Peterside stressed.

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