Taraba verdict another interference by the ‘executive’, says PDP

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged its members across the country, especially in Taraba, to remain undaunted as the appellate court would restore its well-deserved victory.

The call is contained in a statement signed by Chief Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the party on Saturday in Abuja.

The party, however, kicked against the judgment by Taraba Gubernatorial Election Tribunal judgment in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan.

PDP described the judgment as “another evidence of executive interference in the judiciary”.

The party said the reason given by the tribunal for arriving at the “bizarre decision” was intriguing.

It stated that the judgment further exposed the contradictions and double standards inherent in most tribunal rulings against PDP’s interest recently.

“It is rather curious and an irony that the Taraba tribunal sitting in Abuja, on security grounds, faulted the conduct of PDP primaries shifted to the same Abuja on security reasons,” the party said.

PDP stated that if the tribunal faulted the party’s primaries as basis for its decision, it then meant that no APC gubernatorial candidate could stand the test of the primaries.

“This is so as APC never had acceptable primaries in any of their states.”

PDP stated that it was totally confounded by the brazing “show of power by the executive”.

It warned that the development clearly portends grave danger to the country’s democracy and indeed national cohesion and development.

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  • This is a clear injustice from APC and the judiciary. Section 140 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended):
    "Where an Election Tribunal or Court determines that a candidate who obtained the highest votes was not qualified to contest the election, it shall not declare the candidate with the second highest votes as elected, but it shall order for a fresh election."

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  • When we were shouting at the top of our voice that GEJ and the leadership of the party were killing PDP they thought it was a joke.
    Metuh if I may ask who is he fighting for? Because PDP will not resurrect from this this death. They should better think of how, where and when they'll find credible party to merge with to even become a credible opposition.
    If like a film to all PDP members now because infantile propaganda as played by Metuh won't work mor help them.
    PDP is dead.

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  • See through mirror and judge ur sef as tomorrow ll always.A man dat was favoured yesterday is now at receiving end.

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  • Pdp must stand up and fight dis gang up injustice. Enough press of statements. How can be scared of pmb when we r running democracy.dis intimmidation must stop. Pdp bite now before dis rascality turns to culture

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  • This verdict further confirms that what we had as elections were merely 'allocation of votes'. May God save Nigeria!

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  • Menthu, please check your body .It seems you are emaciating so fast.
    Is it this APC, or wetin. You may need blood work for your thyroid. It helps in shooting blood pressure up. Or the stress of APC, oga take it easy .
    You used to be so yommy under your PDP, but market is so down.

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