Vice-President, Namadi Sambo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-west has described as cheap blackmail, claim by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government in Ekiti State that its National Vice-Chairman (South-west), Chief Segun Oni, boasted that the Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, had reached out to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, and that he (Oni) had been assured of victory in the case he filed at the Supreme Court, challenging the composition of the Appeal Court panel that sacked him from office on October 15, 2010.
The PDP said blackmail and arm-twisting tactics being employed by the ACN will fail, adding that; “Oni is not known to engage in underhand deals in pursuing his course. And on the case before the Supreme Court, what the ACN should do is to file its defence instead of engaging in blackmail that cannot work.”
Using a faceless group, Conference of Ekiti Youths, the ACN had claimed in a letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan, which was published in some newspapers on last Friday that Oni met with 177 former Ward Development Officers (WDO) and directed them to mobilise 50 persons per ward that would move to Ado-Ekiti to celebrated his victory at the Supreme Court, which he had been assured of.
In its reaction, the South-west PDP, said in a statement issued yesterday by its Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hon Kayode Babade, that there was no iota of truth in the publication, adding that; “should the house of fraud built for the ACN in Ekiti State by Justice Isa Ayo Salami and his cohorts crumble today, the entire people of the state, including members of the ACN, who are praying ceaselessly for the end of Fayemi’s tyrannical and clueless government do not need anyone to mobilise them before trooping out to the streets to celebrate.”