PDP wants 2019 Presidential election petition tribunal judgement reviewed

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PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, right, and Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at a PDP presidential campaign.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking the review of the judgement of the 2019 Presidential election petition tribunal that validated election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is just as the party has asked the Supreme Court to review the judgments on the Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Osun governorship elections.

Specifically, the PDP said the judgements should be reviewed because the issue of certificate forgery and presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

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Kola Ologbondiyan, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Monday, said the PDP is concerned that the APC has hurriedly headed to the Supreme Court in attempt to arm twist the justices and to effect a “forceful reversal of the valid, flawless and faultless judgments on Bayelsa and Zamfara states governorship elections.”

According to Ologbndiyan, the APC is simply all out to destabilize the nation and destroy its democracy.

He said it was high time the citizenry stand in unity and defend the nation so as to salvage it from the hands of persons he described as “political marauders and oppressive elements.”

“Our nation is already aware of the desperation by the APC to annex the Supreme Court, subjugate and browbeat the justices and direct judicial determinations to suit their selfish ends.

“The public space is already awash with reports of how the APC has been threatening and piling pressure on the justices of the Supreme Court to force a reversal of valid judgments already delivered on the Bayelsa and Zamfara governorship elections, where the party (APC) suffered self-inflicted losses.

“Nigerians know that the APC has been going through a hemorrhage since the Supreme Court delivered valid judgments on Bayelsa and Zamfara and as a result, they are no longer interested in the logic of these judgments.

“They have since thrown caution to the wind to destabilize our nation and destroy our hard-earned democracy especially the judiciary. The APC federal government is leading all forms of battles against the rule of law and constitutionalism.
“Consequently, the National Working Committee of the PDP, after comprehensive consultations, states that our party has no choice left, given the manner with which the APC has conducted itself, than to ask for a review of the judgment of the Presidential election petition tribunal, where the issue of certificate forgery and or presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and her presidential candidate.

“The same applies to the judgment on the Katsina governorship election petition, where lawyers also established similar issue of certificate forgery.

“The PDP equally has no choice than to ask the Supreme Court to review the Kano, Kaduna and Katsina election judgments, because of manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to our electoral law.

“The PDP also asks the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Osun Governorship election in view of manifest, complete and total disregard to our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections,” Ologbondiyan said.

Stating further, he insisted that the PDP cannot sit and watch enemies of the nation’s democracy to destroy it.

“The PDP finds it ludicrous, ridiculous and insulting to the sensibilities and respect of the Supreme Court Justices for the APC to hurriedly and malevolently head to the Supreme Court to attempt to arm twist the lord justices to effect a forceful reversal of the valid, flawless and faultless judgments on Bayelsa and Zamfara states governorship elections,” Ologbndiyan stated.


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