Poll tribunal judgements irk PDP

National Secretary, Prof. Adewale OladipoBy AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE has ended in Abuja with the opposition party denouncing the handling of cases at the election tribunals in some states.

The former ruling party said the rulings in such states as Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Taraba, Ogun, Plateau and Lagos were “offensive” and “provocative.”

“The tainted judgments of these tribunals, which are evidently products of arm-twisting from the nation’s security operatives under the direct command of an APC member remains unacceptable to us,” read a communique
party National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, signed at the end of the key meeting on Friday.

Of particular concern to the official opposition was the Rivers State tribunal, which nullified Nyesom wike’s election as governor.

“The decision, in view of the rather interesting history of the case, indicates that the judiciary, like the PDP and the Nigerian electorate are victims of the APC-led Federal Government,” read the communique.

The said it expected the judiciary, as an institution to restore its image by taking immediate measures to protect itself from political interference as well as ensure that needed steps are taken at the
appellate levels to remedy the “embarrassing” ruling by some of the
election petitions tribunals.

The party meanwhile claimed it had noted moves by the APC to use various agencies of government, to manipulate the processes and rig the outcome of the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States in the ruling party’s favour.

It vowed to deploy every means within the law to resist such.

The polls are scheduled for November and December.

APC earlier this week accused the PDP of a smear campaign against the judges at the tribunals.

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