- The PDP said it will appeal the judgement of the tribunal in Kogi which affirmed Bello as the state's governor
- The opposition party said it provided enough proofs of electoral manipulations by Governor Bello and the APC
- According to the PDP, the tribunal ruling which dismissed its candidate's petition is a miscarriage of justice
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The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the ruling of the Kogi state governorship election petitions tribunal which affirmed APC's Yahaya Bello's victory as the validly elected Kogi governor.
The opposition party said it will appeal the judgement which dismissed the petition of its candidate in the 2019 governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada.
This is contained in a statement released by the PDP's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, May 24.
The party insisted that its candidate won the election, adding that it would not relent until it reclaimed the mandate at the Court of Appeal.
It described the judgment of the tribunal as an alarming miscarriage of justice, adding that its candidate provided proofs of electoral fraud by Governor Bello and the All Progressives Congress.
The party said it was confident that the appeal court would address the substance of the case, which the tribunal allegedly overlooked.
Diverse reactions have been trailing the PDP's decision to appeal the ruling on Twitter.
"It's only in an APC variant of democracy that an election generally acknowledged to be marred by violence, intimidation and killings would be passed as valid," @GsmOgun tweeted.
"Musa Wada continue wasting your money the way they deceived Atiku," @lasun90 commented.
"Please PDP should just go and rest abeg...is this how to run a party? Smh," @JOSHUATari2 said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Kogi governorship election tribunal upheld the election of the APC governorship candidate, Governor Bello.
The tribunal in a ruling on Saturday, May 23, in Abuja dismissed the case filed by Wada of the PDP.
The tribunal ruled that the petition of Wada lacked merit.
He vowed to seek justice and reclaim what he termed as a stolen mandate.
Meanwhile, as the world marks another Eid-l-Fitr on Sunday, May 24, the PDP has enjoined Nigerians Muslims to use the sacred period of the festival to pray against leadership failure.
Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman, made this call in a special message to the Muslim faithful across the country on Saturday, May 23.
He maintained that the thirty-day fasting period will be in vain if the lessons and good conducts during the Holy Months of Ramadan are not extended to other months.
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