The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reacted in a statement issued concerning the verdict that made Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba state) of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the first female governor in Nigeria.
The statement which was issued by the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday disclosed that the judgement is another evidence of executive interference in the judiciary, adding that the Taraba state tribunal ruling brings to the fore the organized plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government to deploy all unorthodox means to decimate the opposition.
The party said the reason given by the tribunal for arriving at the bizarre decision is intriguing and further exposes the contradictions and double standards inherent in most tribunal rulings against PDP interests recently.
The PDP said if the tribunal is faulting the party primaries as basis for its decision, it then means that no APC gubernatorial candidate can stand the test, as their party never had acceptable primaries in any of their states.
“Evidence that Taraba ruling was a product of Presidency manipulation can be deduced from the fact that few hours before the judgment was delivered, the APC had arrogantly announced their victory on the new media”, it said.
The party called on its members across the country, especially in Taraba state to remain undaunted as the appellate courts will restore its well-deserved victory.
Meanwhile, Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the tribunal judgement which dismissed Darius Ishaku of the PDP as governor, describing it as a ridiculous political judgement.
In a statement released on Saturday, Fayose said the judgement can never stand before men of good conscience and God.
The statement read: “How does the emergence of party candidate, which is the clear internal business of the party and a pre-election matter concern the APC and the Election Tribunal?
“Isn’t it funny that it is no longer about election rigging, but technicality of how PDP candidates emerged even when no one in the PDP went to court to challenge how Governor Ishaku emerged as the PDP governorship candidate?
“If insecurity could make Taraba State Tribunal sit in Abuja and not in Jalingo, how then can it be justified that the same tribunal that sat in Abuja nullified the governor’s election because the primary election that produced him too was held in Abuja?
“Is it not being manifested in this President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government that what is good for some people may not be good for others even though we operate the same constitution?
“To me and the teeming supporters of the PDP, this judgement is one that must not be allowed to stand. It is a clear miscarriage of justice and we will seek redress from the court of men and the court of God.”
“If everybody is persecuted and intimidated to submission, I will remain resolute in my resolved to always say the truth before men and God.”