The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has dismissed as frivolous and mischievous, the call by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi and his Science and Technology counterpart, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
Two justices of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and Justice John Inyang Okoro, following their arrest and subsequent release by the Department of State Services, DSS, alleged that the two ministers had at different times attempted to offer them bribe to obtain judgments in favour of APC candidates, who had election matters pending before the apex court.
The justices further claimed that their investigation and arrest by the DSS, which they described as an act of persecution, was because they refused to do the biddings of Messrs. Amaechi and Onu.
The affected ministers denied the claims by the justices, questioning the timing of their allegations.
Following the decision of the National Judicial Council to suspend the two Supreme Court justices and other judges under investigation by the DSS, the spokesperson of the PDP caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, issued a press statement, calling on President Buhari to emulate the NJC by sacking Amaechi and Onu to allow for proper investigations.
In its reaction, APC said: “The call by the PDP flies in the face of reason, fairness, common sense and cause of justice. It is a known fact that embattled Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court only resorted to the cheap, convenient, everyday reaction of people caught red-handed committing crimes in order to divert attention away from the grave reality confronting them especially when faced with sufficient evidence.
“Indeed, it is even more disconcerting that PDP in the said call, refused to recognise the naked fact that by accusing the Ministers of attempting to induce them to pervert the course of justice, the accused Hon. Justices introduced unrelated allegations against innocent persons unconnected with the matter for which they are being investigated.
“We urge Mr. President and Nigerians to completely disregard PDP’s call for the sacking of Amaechi and Onu. Why should they be sacked? What crime did they commit for PDP to call for their sack? These fine gentlemen did nothing wrong”.
“Mr. President should not and cannot act based on mere accusations from the Supreme Court Justices without any iota of proof or evidence to back their claims. And we should not forget that these Justices only started making these false accusations against Amaechi and Onu, after they were arrested by the DSS”, the Rivers APC said in a statement by its Chairman, Davies Ikanya.