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Okupe Former Jonathan aide criticizes Oyegun over comments on Rivers election

Oyegun had said, on February 4, 2016, that the apex court’s confirmation of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike’s election victory showed that something was wrong with the judiciary.

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Former aide to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has criticized the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun for allegedly calling for a probe of the Supreme Court.

Oyegun had said, on February 4, 2016, that the apex court’s confirmation of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike’s election victory showed that something was wrong with the judiciary.

In response however, Okupe, via a Facebook post, urged the APC Chairman to learn how to accept defeat.

The post reads:

“While Chief Odigie-Oyegun in his parochial and mercantile political effusion is beclouded by financial considerations, the respected judges of the Supreme Court must adjudicate on the principles of law, equity and justice.”

“Chief Odigie-Oyegun and indeed all of us, politicians, are to be blamed for undermining the credibility of the electoral process, leading to a situation where virtually all elections are not only contested but frivolously pursued to the Supreme Court.”

“Instead of educating our supporters and voters on appropriate civil, honest and disciplined behaviour on election days, we use money, thugs and security forces to wantonly undermine the electoral process. By so doing, we directly and inadvertently, transfer the power to choose political leaders from the people, to the courts.”

“It is instructive to note that in the recently concluded presidential primaries in Iowa, USA, scarcely was any police officer or security agent noticed at the caucuses neither did any act of violence occur at any point.”

“Nigerians with or without their political leaders must unite and stand up in support of justice and rule of law in our society and in all the facets of our national life.”

“There is no doubt that there are elements of corruption within the judiciary but people in government have all it takes to address the situation discreetly and appropriately without bringing down this great institution and the very last hope of the common man.”

Oyegun had also lamented the APC’s loss of oil-rich states, which still provide much of Nigeria’s revenue despite the crash in global crude prices, to the PDP.

The APC Chairman has however denied calling for a probe of the Supreme Court.

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