The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, upholding President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial electoral victory.
In a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said it finds ”as bewildering that a court of law could validate a clear case of perjury and declaration of false information in an affidavit, as firmly established against President Muhammadu Buhari, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence”.
The PDP sees the decision as ”provocative, barefaced subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of our nation’s justice system”.
The party said it is shocking that the court approved the ”flawed declaration of President Buhari as the winner of the election despite evidence to show the perpetration of illegalities, manipulations, alterations, and subtraction of valid votes freely given to Atiku Abubakar by Nigerians”.
The opposition party said ”it is particularly shocked that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it, showing that President Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes at the polls.
“The party is also rudely shocked that the court took over the roles of the respondents’ lawyers who abandoned their pleadings by refusing to call evidence in defence of the petition. The court raked up all manner of excuses to make up for the yawning gaps occasioned by the total absence of any evidence from the respondents.
”Nigerians and the international community watched in utter disbelief when the tribunal ruled that one need not provide a copy or certified a true copy of educational certificate such individual claimed to possess, contrary to established proof of claims of certification.
“The party notes as strange that the court even went ahead to provide rationalisations in favour of President Buhari, even when all hard facts before it shows that he did not possess the claimed educational certificate and that the Army was not in possession of his WAEC certificate as claimed in the affidavit he deposed to in his Presidential nomination form.
“Indeed, the pervading melancholic atmosphere across our nation since the verdict is a direct indication that the judgment has not fulfilled the desires and expectations of Nigerians.”
The five-member tribunal, led by Garba Mohammed, had on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, saying the petitioners failed to prove their petition beyond reasonable doubt.
Despite its chagrin against the judgement, the PDP urged Nigerians to remain calm and not to lose hope or surrender to despondency or self-help, ”as its lawyers are upbeat in obtaining justice at the Supreme Court”.