A special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie, on Friday, February 14, reacted to the Supreme Court’s judgement that sacked the former governor-elect of the Bayelsa state, David Lyon.
Onochie said in a statement titled, Beauty from ashes, that it is not the time to flex muscle, adding that the party leadership should reflect on how its screening organ failed Lyon and the people of the state.
She said: “This is not the Time to flex muscles. It’s time to reflect on how the APC screening organ, failed David Lyon and the people of Bayelsa.” She lamented that it was heart-wrenching to see the photos of Lyon rehearsing for a day that would not be, wondering how he, his family and his supporters would ever get over the trauma.
“It was heart-wrenching to see the photos of David Lyon rehearsing for a day that will not be. How is he, his family and his supporters ever going to get over this? APC Failed him. It’s indefensible. No excuse Can cover this one,” she said. Onochie, however, noted that the members of APC are progressives, saying that, the party can’t be shoddy, inept, sentimental and unfair like PDP. “We can’t be shoddy like PDP. We can’t be inept like PDP. We can’t be sentimental like PDP. We can’t stand on PDP antecedents. We can’t be unfair like PDP. We can’t be irresponsible like PDP. We can’t make excuses like PDP. We can’t be Tacky like PDP. We can’t be Lawless like PDP,” she said.
She called on the leadership of the party to ensure that all members of the screening committee are sanctioned to serve as deterrents for others. “Heads should roll. Let there be sanctions in APC against those who failed to protect David Lyon and the people of Bayelsa,” she added. Onochie, however, educated those arguing on the legality or illegality of the judgement by the Supreme Court on Bayelsa governorship tussle to read her post. She said: “For those who are still arguing blindly or postulating, read on: Law versus sentiments: Pocket lawyers like me: Total vote cast: EKEREMO: 41429 APC- 21489 or 51.9%, PDP- 18344 or 44.3% “What the Supreme Court ruled: EKEREMO: Total vote cast: 19934, PDP- 18344 or 92%, APC- 0%. Work it out for the other seven local government areas.
” The presidential aide said that progressives making references to purchased Supreme Court judgements under PDP should be totally ashamed of themselves for wanting the party to go that path. Bayelsa: PDP hails Supreme court, insists on Imo She stressed: “Justice is not about how many states a political party has, it’s about what the law says. We must begin, as agents of change, to imbibe the culture of legality, consulting our laws in all we do and have absolute respect for our judiciary, especially the Supreme Court. “That’s how our dead institutions will arise from the ashes of decay. Yes, we are not pleased with the Bayelsa judgement, but it’s a new day and a new way. Our laws are working, our laws are winning. These should be comforting and should gladden us. The Bible calls it, “Beauty From Ashes.”