By Victor Otigbu
LAGOS—THE South-South Pen Pushers ,SSPP, has dismissed reports accusing Justice Mary Odili of facilitating Governor Nyesom Wike’s victory at the Supreme Court.
A statement by the group’s Director of Media, Mr. Ambrose Sule demanded for a retraction from those behind the claims, stating that failure to do so would attract legal action.
The statement read: “To drag Hon. Justice Mary Odili and the Supreme Court as an institution into woeful lamentation, is to say the least, appalling, crass and dangerous to the sanctity of the judicial system in Nigeria.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Justice Odili has earned her place on the Bench through the ranks and not a single malfeasance has been adduced to her except that which exists in the jaundiced minds of those behind the allegations.
‘’To suggest that the Justice Odili ‘compromised’ the legal process at the Supreme Court for Wike to be justifiably returned as governor is to suggest that those behind the allegation had compromised all the legal processes but the apex court.
“We, however, do not hold that to be true. Justice Odili was never near the panel that sat over the matter.”
‘’It is on this note that we ask Nigerians to ignore the mischief of the Rivers APC and call on them to expeditiously retract this bellicose statement or we would be persuaded to institute legal action against for criminal libel and defamation.
“We of the South South Pen Pushers are witnesses to the unfortunate insults, abuses and trash that were thrown at former President Goodluck Jonathan and he bore it with the grace and dignity of his high office. Governor Wike has not abused President Buhari and will not. On the whole, we urge the Rivers APC, and all their foot soldiers to refrain from any untoward act or speech against the Hon. Justice Mary Odili.”