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Supreme Court failed Nigerians, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has described the Supreme Court judgment as disappointing.

 

The apex court had on Thursday upheld the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal affirming the victory of President Bola Tinubu as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

 

PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, had filed petitions challenging Tinubu’s victory as the winner of the presidential election announced by the INEC on March 1.

 

Reacting to the Supreme Court Judgement in a statement on Thursday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, described the judgement as disappointing.

 

“It is indeed a sad commentary for our democracy that the Supreme Court failed to uphold the provisions of the law. Instead, it trashed the expectation of the majority of Nigerians who looked up to it as a Temple of Impartiality to deliver substantial justice in the matter regarding the case’s laws and facts.

 

“Nigerians earnestly expected the Supreme Court to uphold and defend the clear provisions of the 1999 Constitution in terms of qualification and minimum requirement for a winner to be declared in a Presidential election in Nigeria, especially with regards to the required statutory 25 per cent of votes in the FCT as well as issues of violation of electoral Rules and Guidelines, brazen manipulations and alterations of election results by the APC,” Ologunagba said.

 

He added, “The general gloom, melancholy and sense of despondency across the country upon the delivery of the judgment is an ominous sign of eerie situation which portend grave consequences because of the disappointment embedded in the judgment.”

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