- The stakes are high at the presidential election tribunal between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- The PDP has expressed confidence that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will claim victory at last
- The party's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that this will only be possible if the panel at the Court of Appeal is impartial in the proceedings
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, May 20, expressed certainty of victory for Atiku Abubabar at the presidential election tribunal, provided the panel is impartial in the court proceedings.
The PDP maintains that the election was won by Atiku, but that instead of upholding his mandate, the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) “are busy harassing our leaders and bringing up frivolous allegations against our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in a bid to distract us from the petition pending before the tribunal,” Vanguard reports.
Speaking with newsmen, the PDP's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that "...President Buhari failed on the three thematic areas of focus he anchored his 2015 campaign on.
“Nigerians compared their living standards while the PDP was in power to the four years of the ruling APC and concluded that it was time to take back their country. That is why we reminded fellow citizens that the election was a referendum on hunger, poverty, economy, anti-corruption and what have you.
“We have strong evidence that our candidate won the election and that is why they are not comfortable today.
"They will raise one allegation or the other against our party and when you confront them to prove same; they will keep mum and then raise yet another. Nigerians have seen through their lies and are no longer moved by such things.
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“We insist that our country is one of civilization. The PDP has nothing personal against Justice Bulkachuwa but we are saying that on the basis of morality, she should not be part of a panel to hear the petition of a party which listed the APC, the political platform of her husband as an interested party.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhmmadu Buhari who was accused of defaming Atiku, presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election, had reacted to the allegation brought against her.
Onochie in Facebook post reassured her friends and followers who she said have been calling and texting her over the incident, that she is fine.
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