The Peoples Democratic Party has claimed the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress are mounting pressure on the Supreme Court to sack Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa and Benue state governors.
The apex court is scheduled to rule on the APC’s appeals before them challenging the PDP’s victories in the March 9, 2019, governorship polls in the four states on Monday.
While the APC was in control of Bauchi and Adamawa during the elections, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) left the APC in controversial circumstances to join the PDP before the polls.
Meanwhile, the PDP has continued to cry foul over Tuesday Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling sacking Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State governor and declaring APC’s Hope Uzodinma as the rightful winner of as winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
Speaking at the 87th PDP National Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Friday, the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, described the apex court’s verdict as a “miscarriage of justice”.
Secondus, who restated his condemnation of the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa and Kogi governorship polls, elections, accused the APC and the Federal Government of undermining democracy in the country.
He said, “The ruling APC and the Federal Government, combining effectively with the Independent National Electoral Commission and some security agencies including military, took the electoral manipulation to the next level.”
The PDP chief added, “The National Working Committee has credible intelligence that the Presidency and the APC leadership are still arm-twisting the judiciary to ensure that they deliver to them Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi and Adamawa while keeping Kano, which we clearly won.
“We have demanded the seven justices that participated in the Imo judicial fraud recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving the PDP.
“We know that the APC and President Buhari have taken our civility for a weakness and inability to act. The Presidency has even abandoned governance amidst the myriads of challenges facing the land and prefers to take issue with us as main opposition party, a deliberate policy to divert attention from their inept leadership.”
Spokesman for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, who read the communiqué of the meeting, said they would adopt constitutional means, including civil disobedience, to ensure that the Federal Government respected the rule of law “and desists from influencing the judiciary, INEC and our security agencies”.