The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment regarding the petition of its candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party’s demand was made known by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Spokesperson, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
According to the major opposition party, its position is predicated upon an alleged certificate forgery by President Buhari.
Ologbondiyan also stated that it had no option than to seek for a review following the reaction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the apex’s court ruling on the Bayelsa State governorship election, which saw its candidate, David Lyon, sacked.
The party alleged that the APC wants to destabilise the country and democracy through the threats and pressure its bigwigs have been piling on the apex court judges to force a reversal of the judgments in the Bayelsa and the Zamfara State governorship elections.
The PDP spokesperson described the APC’s attempt to seek a review of the Bayelsa and the Zamfara State governorship elections as “ludicrous, ridiculous and insulting to the sensibilities of the Supreme Court justices”.
“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,” Ologbondiyan said.
The PDP insists that, contrary to the thoughts of the APC, Emeka Ihedioha, the sacked Imo State governor, who governed under its platform, was wrongly removed from office by the apex court.
According to the party, there is an apparent consensus by Nigerians and the international community that there was “obvious miscarriage of justice by the Supreme Court panel” in respect of the case, adding that it has returned to the court seeking a reversal of the judgment.
Ologbondiyan said the major opposition party, in the light of matters arising, is also asking the Supreme Court to review its judgment in the Katsina, Kano, Kaduna and Osun governorship election cases due to different reasons.
“The same applies to the judgment on the Katsina governorship election, where lawyers also established similar issue of certificate forgery.
“The PDP equally has no choice than to ask the Supreme Court to review the Kano, Kaduna and Katsina election judgments, because of the manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to 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 to our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections,” Ologbondiyan said.