- Presidency has warned PDP over comments on the judgement on Osun election
- Appeal Court had on Thursday, May 9, upheld the election of candidate of APC in Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola
- But the PDP in its reactions accused the president of Appeal Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, of being partisan
Presidency has told the leading opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would not have lost a single case in court if it had influenced judges in Nigeria.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the presidency was reacting to the comments by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the court’s decision on the Osun gubernatorial election.
Legit.ng gathered that the PDP shortly after its candidate lost, the party accused president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, of being partisan.
The senior special assistant to the President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, May 11 that: “If the presidency had any influence on election petition tribunals, APC candidates wouldn’t have lost a single case before the courts.”
The statement said that reports claiming that an agency of the government, the Department of State Services (DSS) has indicted Bulkachuwa of corruption are the latest of this sponsored campaign aimed at causing disaffection between the executive and the judiciary, the two arms of government that had operated smoothly under the present dispensation.
The presidency added: “While the PDP and its candidates are free to exercise their right to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election, it is unacceptable to drag the name of the president or other organs of the executive branch into the campaign of character assassination against the President of the Court of Appeal.
“The DSS doesn’t conduct its duties in the manner so described and you can’t use a fake security report to drag the presidency into a smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal.
“Attacking judges because the outcomes of cases don’t favour you and keeping quiet when the verdict is in your favour smacks of insincerity, double standard and mischief. The PDP praised the verdict of the Osun gubernatorial election tribunal because it favoured them, but they are now singing a different tune because they lost their appeal.
“If the PDP continues to blackmail and smear judges with fake news stories, we will ultimately find ourselves dealing with a situation where judges may be afraid to handle cases, thereby creating delays in the dispensation of justice.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for Osun 2018 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, said he had instructed his counsels to challenge the Court of Appeal judgement which upheld Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s election at the Supreme Court.
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