The Peoples Democratic Party in Nasarawa State has condemned a recent statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, asserting that the party will do everything within its powers to protect the mandate of Governor Abdullahi Sule.
The PDP in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Hamza, on Monday, described the alleged comments by the APC national chairman as a threat to democracy and the rule of law.
According to the main opposition party, the verdict of the election tribunal must be respected as it is a fundamental component of the democratic system.
The statement further explained that the Nigerian people deserve the right to elect their leaders freely and have confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
“Governor Sule’s election was nullified by the tribunal based on facts before it. Similarly, it is within Sule’s rights to challenge this decision through legal means only.
“However, it is essential for all parties to respect the rule of law and due process while the legal proceedings are ongoing,” PDP said.
The party maintained that Ganduje’s statement did nothing but incite political tensions and undermine the principles upon which democracy stands.
It, however, called on all political leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, to refrain from making inflammatory statements that could disrupt the peace and stability of the nation, while reminding the former Kano governor that democracy is governed by laws and that there is nowhere in the country’s constitution that allows political parties to resort to self-help other than the judiciary in the event of political disputes.
The party also advised the APC national chairman and all members of the APC in Nasarawa to reconsider their position, respect the decision of the tribunal, and allow the legal process to run its course.