Joe Igbokwe apologises for accusing Supreme Court of taking bribe - Current Gist

Friday, July 20, 2018

Joe Igbokwe apologises for accusing Supreme Court of taking bribe



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A leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, has apologised after saying that the Supreme Court was “compromised” in the 2015 Rivers state governorship election case.

Mr Igbokwe, who is the Lagos APC publicity secretary and chairman of the Lagos State Wharf Landing Fee Collecting Authority, made a post on Facebook, Monday, suggesting that the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, had bribed the justices of the apex court to secure legal victory against the APC over the 2015 Rivers state governorship election.
“Wike will not have the audacity and temerity to kill again in Rivers State and run to Supreme Court to buy justice. It will never happen again where Buhari is the President,” he said on the social media site.
The Rivers State government, in its response to the allegation, gave Mr Igbokwe seven days to name the Supreme Court justices that Governor Wike allegedly bribed or be ready to face the consequences.
Four days after, the APC chieftain retracted his statement and also apologised for it.
“Please let it be known and it is hereby made known that I have withdrawn the post I did few days ago on Facebook suggesting that The Apex Court compromised on matters concerning 2015 Rivers State Governorship elections.
“It was not a calculated attempt to cast aspersions, demean and disparage the entire Bar and the Bench which I hold to the highest esteem. I am too small and too insignificant to do this.
It was a mistake and I take responsibility for my action. It was a personal opinion. This is to tender an unconditional and unreserved apology to all those felt offended by my post and a promise to avoid such drivel in future. To err is human!” Mr Igbokwe posted on Facebook, Friday morning.



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