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PDP alleges Amaechi bribed Rivers State judiciary

21 August 2014, 10:05Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The spat between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, took a new twist after the party accused the premier of inducing legal professionals with computers to prolong their strike.

PDP alleged Amaechi had distributed a total of 250 laptops to members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) of the Bori, Ahoada, Isiokpo and Degema branches.

The party said the governor also promised to release additional 1 000 laptops to members of the Port Harcourt branch of the NBA.

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The ruling party, which nonetheless plays second fiddle to the All Progressive Congress in the state, said it condemned the governor's “Greek gift” as it was ill-timed and ill-motivated.

“If the governor believes that lawyers in the state deserve a gift of laptops, then it is certainly not appropriate, considering the manner and circumstances surrounding the distribution of the laptops, and to do so at this point in time when efforts should be dissipated at ensuring that the courts resume sittings makes it more suspicious. There is no doubting the fact that Governor Amaechi’s intention is to lure the lawyers in order to cage them from opposing his many pranks and acts of impunity against the judiciary in the state,” the party said in a statement.

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The PDP said its holds the law profession, as well as some members of the bar in high esteem and believed no amount of gifts by Governor Amaechi, who could not be reached for comment, would make them err.

“The PDP continues to hold Governor Amaechi responsible for this embarrassing situation in the judiciary, while calling on lawyers to remain focused and resolute in their stance against all forms of impunity by the administration of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,” it said.

– CAJ News


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