- PDP said it would challenge the tribunal victory of President Buhari and the APC at the Supreme Court
- The opposition party, therefore, asked Lai Mohammed and other APC stakeholders not celebrate yet, saying it is confident of victory at the apex court
- Lai Mohammed had earlier asked the PDP to apologise to Nigerians for distracting the presidency with their petition and advised against appealing the judgment at the Supreme Court
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sent a strong message to Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, following his statement after the opposition party and his candidate lost to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
In a statement on Thursday, September 12, by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party warned the information minister to be cautious in celebrating the tribunal victory, adding that the “gloating” of those celebrating the verdict would be short-lived, Channels TV reports.
Recall that Mohammed had asked the PDP to apologise to Nigerians for distracting the Buhari administration with an election petition, rather than appealing the tribunal’s judgement at the Supreme Court.
In its reaction, the lead opposition party claimed that the judgment was “a direct miscarriage of justice” and vowed to challenge it at the Supreme Court.
The PDP also boasted that it has enough evidence to upturn the tribunal judgment at the Supreme Court.
The statement reads in part: “The PDP notes that those celebrating this attempt to corrupt our justice system as well as the brazen approval of a clear case of perjury are directly telling Nigerians something about their conscience and character.
“Our party is not surprised that Lai Mohammed, speaking for the Buhari administration, came short of calling for the arrest and prosecution of opposition members for coming before the appeal court, a situation which exposed their belief that they own the court and can determine the position of the judiciary on any matter.
“Notwithstanding, the PDP holds that Nigerians have seen the ‘several errors’ in the judgment delivered by the appeal court and have turned the verdict to a butt of jokes in public space."
The PDP further said that Mohammed’s statement has heightened apprehension among Nigerians about alleged manipulations of the court process by the APC and the present administration.
The party reiterated that it would head to the apex court to uphold justice in the matter and salvage the nation from the drift towards impunity.
Meanwhile, the PDP also brought the corruption allegation leveled against the information minister, asking him to "redeem his image by offering explanations to Nigerians".
The statement further reads: “In the meantime, the PDP counsels Lai Mohammed to redeem his image by offering explanations to Nigerians on his alleged role in the N2.5 billion National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fraud before casting aspersion on others."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC said the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and the PDP would suffer terrible defeat if they decide to appeal tribunal's judgement at the Supreme Court.
Oshiomhole said President Buhari would defeat Atiku and his party if they decide to go to the world court or Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the tribunal on the last presidential election.
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