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PDP Govs Back Atiku’s Appeal At Supreme Court, Say Tribunal’s Decision “Painted Judiciary With Darker Colours”


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors have backed the bid by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the party, to challenge the verdict of the presidential election petition tribunal at the supreme court, saying tribunal’s decision “painted our judiciary with darker colours.”

In a statement on Sunday, Seriake Dickson, chairman of the PDP governors’ forum, said after studying the judgement they discovered “countless anomalies” in it.

He said, “After painstakingly and prudently understudying line after line of the judgement, several holes were picked and countless anomalies identified by us.

“We would be doing a greater disservice and moral injustice to our party, our democracy and Nigerians in general if we turn blind eyes, swallow such bile and applaud that rape of justice.

“The judgement to say the least has further painted our judiciary with darker colours, only this time around with a never-before-seen blemished coat of tar.

“However, we are hopeful that the Supreme Court will rewrite that history by ensuring that such stains and tar are removed from our judicial archives.”

He added that the apex court should note that its integrity is at stake.

“Without any iota of trepidation, it is most paramount for us to once more restate and reconfirm our undiluted loyalty, deserving support and maximum commitment to our great party and the Atiku-Obi Presidential ticket.

“This is our stand, now and in the future. Posterity would judge us harshly if we did otherwise.”

Last Wednesday, the presidential election tribunal dismissed Atiku’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the last election, holding that Atiku failed to prove his case.

Recall anyway that Nyesom Wike, a PDP governor of Rivers had congratulated Buhari hours after the tribunal upheld the president’s election.

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