Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, (APC) said it has uncovered a plot by Governor Nyesom Wike to smear, intimidate and blackmail the President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa and other Appeal Court Justices in the state.
The party said the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is using the Integrity Group led by one Livingstone Wechie and his cohorts to carry out their plot.
APC in a statement issued yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers
State capital, signed by its party chairman Dr, Davies Ikenya said governor Nyesom Wike had earlier attempted to reach justices of the Court of Appeal in order to compromise the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree trial.
He alleged that the Governor was rebuffed and then resorted to the use of his standby political jobbery outfit, the Integrity Group for the exercise of blackmailing the judiciary.
The statement said: “The APC wishes to reveal that members of the Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace Initiative, also known as Integrity Group were activated by Gov. Nyesom Wike to draft and make a publication that will effectively intimidate and blackmail Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa and others over the pending Ojukaye Flag-Amachree matter in court.
“Livingstone Wechie, the leader of the integrity group and his political jobber friends drafted the document and presented same to the governor in a meeting where the document was further fine tuned for publication.
“To cover cost of giving the publication a wide local, national and possibly international spread, Gov. Nyesom Wike handed Livingstone Wechie and his evil disciples the sum of N10m.
“Another proof that Ojukaye Flag-Amachree is being victimised for political reasons stems from the widely published statement made by Hon. Austin Opara that Gov. Nyesom Wike was out to jail Hon. Flag-Amachree at all costs to serve as an example to other APC members in Rivers State.
“Curiously, the Judge handling the kangaroo trial of Ojukaye Flag-Amachree is Justice Margaret Opara, wife of Austin Opara who is presently holidaying with his family in South Africa at the expense of the Rivers taxpayer.”