- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed surprise over the final ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal
- Addressing the media in Abuja on Thursday, September 7, the acting chairman of PDP, Umar Damagum, said he was surprised by the verdict
- He, however, urged members of the party not to be dismayed by the tribunal's outcome as they will explore other legal options to attain justice
The acting chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Damagum, has expressed his surprise at the final verdict of the presidential election petition tribunal.
As reported by Daily Trust, Damagum stated this on Thursday, September 7, at the party's press conference in Abuja.
He said the party was amazed by the tribunal's outcome, confusing lawyers and other court stakeholders.
“Lawyers, politicians and other other stakeholders from all divides were left confused as both law and facts were visibly thrown overboard.”
Damagum noted that the judgement of the PEPT left lovers of democracy in and outside the country more confused with many questions about whether the Nigerian Constitution, Electoral Act and other laws guiding the conduct of credible elections in our country are still functional.
PDP acting chairman charges supporters not to 'lose focus'
“Close observation from the faces of Nigeria across the country shows hopelessness and despair since the pronouncement of the judgment.
“As a law abiding political party, we receive the judgment with shock along with other Nigerians. Members should however not lose focus or be distracted.”
He also called on party members not to lose focus. Damagum said the NWC is doing everything possible to keep the party together and give the government a credible opposition "while we continue to pursue our mandate."
Tribunal Judgment: “Tinubu will continue to defeat Atiku, Obi, others”, Hamzat Lawal gives reason
In another development, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been urged to ally ahead of the 2027 presidential polls.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, the Chief Executive Officer of Connected Development (CODE), Hamzat Lawal, made this call.
Lawal said the Nigerian political scene lacks formidable opposition, and an alliance between Atiku and Obi would be a great match to upstage President Tinubu in 2027.