Review Buhari Victory Verdict – PDP tells Supreme Court

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The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment, which upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, on Monday, also asked the Supreme Court to review its judgments on the governorship elections in four states, namely Osun, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.

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In the four states, the apex court had dismissed the appeals of PDP candidates ruling in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates.

Ologbondiyan said the PDP was demanding review 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.”

Recall that the Justice Odili-led panel had, in its judgment on February 13, voided the election of the Bayelsa State governorship candidate of the APC, Mr. David Lyon, who was then the governor-elect.

The panel ruled that Lyon’s running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, submitted forged documents to Independent National Electoral Commission as a candidate for the 2019 election and on the basis of that, he was disqualified.

Because court further held DeDegi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and Lyon contested the election and won and ordered INEC to withdraw their certificates of return and give a fresh one to the candidate with the next highest lawful votes and required constitutional spread.

Ologbondiyan, at the press conference in Abuja 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.”