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Tribunal: Bayelsa APC, PDP trade words over alleged subversion of justice


By Amgbare Ekaunkumor


The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, has described as wild and unfounded the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the opposition party is making attempts to subvert justice in the petition filed by the former speaker, Rt.Hon. Kombowei Benson against Hon. Preye Oseke.

The State Chairman of the PDP, Hon. Moses Cleopas had accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of moves to influence the outcome of the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, in the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and the immediate past Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday Benson against his opponent from APC, Mr Preye Influence Oseke, over declaration of Oseke by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner in the Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency election.


But Chairman of APC in the state, Hon. Jothan Amos, while reacting to allegation during an interactive session with newsmen in Yenagoa, said such allegations from his PDP counterpart are wild and unfounded, as there are no such moves in place, and can never come from the APC.


“These allegations are a product of the PDP chairman’s imagination, perhaps hallucination. The PDP’s candidate in the Federal House of Representatives election, for Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency, Friday Konbowei Benson lost fair and squarely to our candidate Hon. Preye Oseke.”  “Every true son and daughter of Southern Ijaw can attest to the fact that Hon. Konbowei’s 12 years sojourn at the state house of assembly was a disaster and had no bearing on the people of Southern Ijaw.’


‘The people of Southern Ijaw rejected him at the polls because he failed them woefully. We don’t need to subvert justice in order to affirm our victory, the facts we laid before the election tribunal speaks volume and we believe our victory would be upheld by the tribunal,” he said.


He noted that the wild allegations by the PDP, has constrained them to be worried going by their antecedents. “Our experience with the PDP has shown that whatever they accuse you of, is actually what they are carrying out against you.’


‘As much as we would want to be confident in the incorruptibility of the eminent jurists at the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, we would at this juncture appeal to the conscience of the eminent jurists, to resist any attempt by the PDP and its agents to have them compromised.”


‘My PDP counterpart is doing what his party, PDP is well known for; making wild allegations to cover up their sinister acts aimed at perpetrating evil. With these wild and unfounded allegations, we are sure that the PDP are desperately trying to subvert justice. While we would love to believe in the incorruptibility of the jurists at the tribunal, we are on account of our past experiences with the PDP compelled to appeal to the jurists not to soil their hard earned reputation with  the PDP’s  filthy lucre,” the APC Chairman averred.


Jothan Amos warned his PDP counterpart, to desist from making unfounded allegations, advising rather that they allow the case that is before a competent court to be treated on its merit, rather than deliberately attempting to pre-empt the eminent jurists, saying such action amounts to  contempt of the court.


He urged the public to discountenance the PDP chairman’s baseless claims, saying it is unthinkable for a supposed Pastor to make himself as an agent of falsehood and mischief, acts that are clearly against the tenets of the Christian faith.


On the alleged certificate forgery by the former Speaker, Kombowei Benson,  Hon. Amos challenged the academic qualifications of Hon. Konbowei Benson, wondering how he could have obtained his OND and HND in the same year 2003. “The PDP as a party is known for the sponsorship of unqualified and bad candidates.


How can Moses Cleopas explain to Bayelsans how one of its celebrated governorship aspirants obtained two corresponding degrees the same year and is without the mandatory NYSC certificate or exemption letter? Bayelsans deserve the best, unfortunately the PDP thinks otherwise but the end of their evil plan for Bayelsans has come,” he concluded.




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