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Barefaced subversion of justice—PDP kicks against Tribunal verdict, heads to Supreme Court
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the Wednesday judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that gave victory to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The opposition party described the verdict of the Tribunal “as provocative, barefaced subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of our nation’s justice system.”
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party was particularly shocked that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it, showing that president Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes at the polls.
Ologbondiyan said that the party was bewildered that a court of law could validate a clear case of perjury and declaration of false information in a sworn affidavit, as firmly established against president Buhari, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence.
He lamented that it was also rudely shocked that the Court took over the roles of the Respondents’ lawyers who clearly abandoned their pleadings by refusing to call evidence in defense of the petition.
“The court raked up all manner of excuses to make up for the yawning gaps occasioned by the total absence of any evidence from the Respondents,” he said.
According to him, Nigerians and the international community watched in utter disbelief when the tribunal ruled that one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate such individual claimed to possess, contrary to established proof of claims of certification.
“The party notes as strange that the court even went ahead to provide rationalizations in favour of President Buhari, even when all hard facts before it shows that he did not possess the claimed educational certificate and that the Army was not in possession of his WAEC certificate as claimed in the affidavit he deposed to in his Presidential nomination form,” Ologbondiyan said.
“The PDP also described as shocking that the court approved the flawed declaration of President Buhari as the winner of the election despite evidence to show the perpetration of illegalities, manipulations, alterations and subtraction of valid votes freely given to Atiku Abubakar by Nigerians.”
“Indeed, the pervading melancholic atmosphere across our nation since the verdict is a direct indication that the judgment has not fulfilled the desires and expectations of Nigerians.”
While assuring Nigerians not to lose hope, the PDP spokesperson said that lawyers were upbeat in obtaining justice at the Supreme Court.
“This is more so as the tribunal itself admitted that there are several errors in the judgment.”