By Collins Opurozor
National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Dr. Victor Ike Oye, has commended the supreme court for always standing on the side of justice despite criticisms by those he described as “disgruntled and egoistic persons”.
This was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, Thursday.
The apex court in a judgment delivered by Justice Mary Odili had earlier in the day voided the nomination of the Governor-Elect of Bayelsa state, David Lyon, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue certificate of return to the PDP candidate, having become the next validly nominated candidate and polling the highest number of valid votes with the constitutionally required spread.
In his reaction, the APGA boss stated that the pronouncement by the apex court has already elicited multifarious reactions from the public.
His words, “We wish to state unequivocally that we have implicit confidence in the Supreme Court as it grapples with the challenges of delivering untainted judgements for the good of our nation.
“Agreed that some of the judgements delivered of recent might not have gone down well with some persons, nonetheless, we believe that the Supreme Court has been constitutionally empowered to exercise specific powers with regards to matters brought before it. We find it unfortunate and reprehensible that some intemperate members of the public should use uncouth and abusive language to address the learned jurists of the highest court in the land.
“It is also our stand that anybody dissatisfied with any judgement of the court should appeal to God or remain silent.
We will never be a party to devious designs of some overzealous politicians to disparage and impugn the integrity of the justices of the Supreme Court for whatever reasons.”
Continuing, Oye who is renowned for the internal democracy he has brought to APGA, added that, “We commend the Supreme Court for its courage and foresight in the discharge of its constitutional functions and urge it not to bulge in the face of mounting criticisms by disgruntled and egoistic persons.”
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