The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment, which upheld the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election and dismissed the appeal of the PDP candidate , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar .
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this during a press conference in Abuja.
He also called on the Supreme Court to review its judgments on the governorship elections in four states namely Osun, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP was demanding reviews of the judgments because of the alleged plot by the APC “ to pressure the justices of the Supreme Court to upturn the judgment of Justice Mary Odili – led panel on the Bayelsa State governorship election. ”
He said : “ 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 for 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 , but to ask for a review of the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal , where the issue of certificate forgery and or presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and its presidential candidate. ”
“ The same applies to the judgment on the Katsina State governorship election petitions tribunal, where lawyers also established a similar issue of certificate forgery.
“ The PDP equally has no choice but to ask the Supreme Court to review the Kano , Kaduna and Katsina election judgments because of manifest violence and substantial non – compliance with our electoral law .
“ The PDP also asks the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Osun governorship election in view of manifest, complete and total disregard for our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections.
“ Our party will not fold its hands and watch enemies of our hard-earned democracy, who contributed nothing to its birth , continue to appropriate our collective sovereignty for their selfish political gains while destroying our institutions and holding our people to ransom. ”
“ The position of the PDP is that decisions that were taken in respect of Zamfara and Bayelsa states were valid and faultless and for the APC , because it has suffered haemorrhage , to begin to progress to political gerrymandering is totally unacceptable to us and we are going to move ahead to demand that the judgments be reviewed.”
“ Nigerians know that the APC has been going through a haemorrhage 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 .
“ Moreover , there is a consensus among the majority of Nigerians and even the international community that there was an obvious miscarriage of justice by the Supreme Court panel on the Imo state governorship election , for which the PDP accordingly reverted to the Supreme Court asking it to correct the manifest mistakes and errors in that judgment, which are already in the public domain .”