PDP Rejects Tribunal’s Verdict, Heads to S/Court as Wike Congratulates Buhari

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The opposition Peoples Decomocratic Party on Wednesday rejected the judgement of the Presidential  Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the victory of the All Progressive Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election.
The PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had approached the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja seeking the nullification of the victory of Buhari in the Feb. 23, 2019.

But delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Mohammed Garuba dismissed all the grounds of the petition, declaring the president duly elected and “eminently qualified” to stand for the election.

All the four other judges also agreed with the lead judgment in dismissing all the five grounds of the petition.

While reacting to the judgement, the main opposition party described as provocative, barefaced subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of our nation’s justice system.
The PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party was shocked that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it.
The statement reads in part: “The PDP finds as bewildering 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 Muhammadu Buhari, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence.
The party is 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.
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.
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.
The PDP however encouraged Nigerians to remain calm and not to lose hope or surrender to despondency or self-help, as our lawyers are upbeat in obtaining justice at the Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, in a rather strange move, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, congratulated the President on his victory at the tribunal.
Wike, who is elected on the platform of the PDP, in a statement, urged the President to seize the opportunity of the victory to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political, religious or ethnic leanings.

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