Tribunal Judgement: A Subversion Of Justice, Says PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP says it rejects the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal describing it as provocative.
The party in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described the judgement as a subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of the country’s justice system.
PDP claimed that the Tribunal refused to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it.
The party’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar had argued before the tribunal that Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes at the polls.
Reading out its judgement, the Tribunal said the evidence presented by the PDP showed that the President was qualified to run for the Presidency.
The head of the court panel, Muhammed Garba read out the ruling.
“The CV contains impressive credentials that enable the second respondent (Buhari) to contest for the presidential election,” Garba held.
“The second respondent has more than secondary school certificate. There is no doubt he is not only qualified but also eminently qualified to contest the election as shown by the evidence presented by the petitioners themselves.”
In its statement, PDP expressed surprised 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 defence 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.
“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,” PDP stated.
The party advised 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.
“This is more so as the tribunal itself admitted that there are several errors in the judgment.”