PDP asks s’court to review judgement on Atiku’s petition against Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the supreme court to review its judgement on the 2019 presidential election.

At a press conference in Abuja on Monday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said the party’s national working committee has also decided to seek the review of governorship election cases where it lost out.

He said this is as a result of how the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has “conducted itself” over recent court cases.

Our correspondent could not immediately confirm if there is still a window for the party to seek such review.

The supreme court had in October dismissed an application with the PDP filed to appeal the judgement of the presidential election tribunal

The apex court agreed with the tribunal that the PDP and Abubakar failed to prove the grounds of their case against Buhari’s victory.

But Ologbondiyan said the party had to seek a review of the case following the “desperation by the APC to annex the supreme court, and and direct judicial determinations to suit their selfish ends.”

He said: “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 destabilise 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.

“The PDP holds that our sacrifices for the sustenance of democracy, as demonstrated in our patriotic comportment towards the verdicts of the court on the presidential election as well as Osun, Kano, Katsina and Kaduna governorship elections tribunal, subsist.

“However, 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 judgements on Bayelsa and Zamfara states governorship elections.

“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 judgement 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 judgement 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 judgements, because of manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to our electoral law.

“The PDP also asks the supreme court to review its judgement 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 the main opposition party will not fold its hands and “watch enemies of our hard-earned democracy, who contributed nothing to its birth, to continue to appropriate our collective sovereignty for their selfish political gains.”

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