…Says Millions of Naira Changed Hands
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the ongoing strike action in the State by the judiciary workers is only aimed at frustrating the directive of the National Judicial Council, NJC, that the most Senior High Court Judge in the State which is Hon Justice Daisy Okocha should assume the responsibility of assigning cases and other administrative matters pending the resolution of the impasse.
The State chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union, George Sokari, the party alleges, is only being used by Gov Chibuike Amaechi as a willing tool to achieve this plot, as what he (Sokari) is acting is a play already scripted by his paymaster, Gov Amaechi.
According to the PDP, there had been more serious issues of judicial importance in the past that required the intervention of the State leadership of the judiciary workers including the stoppage of their salaries yet neither Mr. George Sokari nor the workers complained let alone embarking on any strike.
To make it look like this is not the motive, the JUSUN leadership led by George Sokari cashed in on the fire incident at the Ahoada High Court to allege insecurity as reason for the needless strike, the PDP notes.
“But the truth of the matter is that Mr. George Sokari was paid handsomely by Gov Amaechi unknown to his fellow workers to the tune of millions of naira to hold the courts to ransom so that the NJC’s instructions will remain unimplementable”, the PDP remarked.
To further hoodwink the unsuspecting public, the PDP adds, Mr Sokari is surreptitiously going about to arouse emotions on the sorry condition of hundreds of Nigerians languishing in detention and awaiting trial in order to be absolved from any blame as though he is not part of the problem.
The PDP therefore wishes to warn Mr Sokari a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, APC and his cohorts to keep to the civil service code he has sworn to uphold and defend and keep away from partisan politics or be prepared to accept the responsibility of the consequences of his unethical conduct.
Notwithstanding, the party insists, the right thing must be done to ensure that justice thrives and remains that which renders to everyone that which is his due.