The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, expressed shock at the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Presidential election petition filed by the party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the statement, “indeed, what we witnessed today was not what majority of Nigerians, who participated and observed the Presidential election expected; and this includes even members of the APC.”
The Party noted that it indeed made a solid case, with indisputable evidence, showing that Atiku Abubakar won the Presidential election and as such was surprised that the justices of the Supreme Court held otherwise; however, that was the highest court of the land.
It declared that notwithstanding, the distinction of its case remained for Nigerians, including generations yet unborn, to appreciate.
“Like most lovers of constitutional democracy, HURIWA is well aware that the tribunal’s judgment which Atiku and his party are dissatisfied with had dismissed their petition challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 poll even as subsequently, the petitioners on September 23, 2019, filed 66 grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the tribunal in which they prayed the Supreme Court to nullify Buhari’s victory and either order that Atiku be declared as the valid winner of the poll or order the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh presidential election.
“Sadly, the entire exercise has become an exercise in futility and has thrown up the clear evidence of a nation’s judiciary that is hijacked by reactionary elements.
The verdict which simply dismissed the petition for lacking merit is laughable and will on its own be treated as mere tissues of morally depraved drama unworthy of any historical references and veneration. Today is tragic and sad for real democracy.”