By Tom Moses
UYO—Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has berated the opposition political parties in the state for allegedly maligning the integrity of the Supreme Court for delivering judgments in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Speaking at a special interdenominational thanksgiving service held at the Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo, yesterday, Governor Emmanuel said that the opposition parties were “walking a slippery slope.”
The special thanksgiving service was graced by six PDP governors and five former governors including the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, among others.
Governors at the event were Chief Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) while Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade, was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Martins Orim.
Former governors at the event were Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Gabriel Suswan (Benue), Group Captain John Ebiye (retd) (Akwa Ibom) and Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd) (Akwa Ibom).
Emmanuel said: “Permit me to use this opportunity to warn those who are lampooning and impugning the integrity of our judiciary to cease and desist from walking the slippery slope. Certain institutions of governance should be off the limits in our naked desire for power. Demonizing such institutions can be counter productive to our growth as a nation.
“We should not selectively applaud the judiciary when we receive favourable ruling then cast aspersion on the same institution when we don’t get the desired result.”
He recalled with displeasure that the opposition parties had embarked on campaigns of calumny, blackmail and propaganda to sacrifice the state on the altar of partisan politics.
Thanking God, the leadership of the PDP and his legal team for the Supreme Court victory, Governor Emmanuel commended security agencies in the state for not allowing themselves to be provoked by the opposition in the state.
He also hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for respecting the principles of separation of powers by not interfering with the judiciary in the course of the rulings.
Also speaking, Prince Secondus condemned the APC-led Federal Government for destroying the economy, lamenting that the exchange rate of the Dollar to Naira has fallen ridiculously from N160 to N315 within the short period of the APC-led administration.