President Buhari: PDP seeks his downfall
The main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), may be heading to the Supreme Court to ask for a review of the judgment of the Presidential election petition tribunal.
This development followed what the party described as the unnecessary pressure by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the justices of the apex court to reverse their rulings on the Zamfara and Bayelsa elections.
Summit News recalls that the PDP and its Presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had earlier failed to convince the Supreme Court to annul the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari, of the APC in the 2019 presidential election.
The PDP had since taken its defeat at the poll with equanimity of mind, hoping to pull the rug off the feet of the APC in the 2023 general elections.
But following the decision of the APC to challenge the Supreme Court rulings in Bayelsa and Zamfara, the PDP on Monday threatened that it would it would seek a review of the 2019 presidential election won by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party also threatened to file for a review and possible reversal of the outcomes of the governorship elections in Katsina, Kaduna, Osun and Kano states.
The party also accused the APC of attempting to “destroy our hard-earned democracy especially the judiciary.
The statement read: “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.
“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 judgments 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 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.”
As expected, the APC was quick to rebuke the PDP, describing the party’s threat to reopen already decided cases at the apex court as a huge joke, as well as an idle talk.
The APC spokesman Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the PDP should “consider taking up rice farming jobs to make them useful for our country.”
He said: “There is obviously a lot of idleness at the Wadata House Secretariat of PDP.
“The call by PDP asking the Supreme Court to review its rulings on the Presidential Election and governorship elections in Osun, Kano, Kaduna and Katsina states, has, once again, exposed the joke the opposition party has turned itself into in our nation’s political space,” he said.
“Never in the history of our democratic journey has a political party made mockery of what a responsible opposition politics entails. The PDP’s call has once again, reinforced our party’s belief that the PDP has become a clog in the wheels of our country’s political evolution.
“We believe it has been difficult for some leaders of the PDP to cope for so long outside of power. There is obviously a lot of idleness at the Wadata House Secretariat of PDP.
“At this period that our government is working hard to ensure food sufficiency in the country, we urge those jobless characters at the Wadata House to seriously consider taking up rice farming. This would make them useful for our country.”