The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the election petition tribunal of manipulating Saturday’s judgment in favour of Sen. Aisha Jumai Al Hassan. In a statement released by the party’s secretary Olisah Metuh, PDP described the judgment as conclusive evidence of judicial double standard against the PDP. Read statement below;
“Saturday's judgment of Taraba election tribunal in favour of APC candidate, another evidence of executive interference in judiciary.
Reason given by tribunal for arriving at the bizarre decision is intriguing and further exposes the contradictions and double standards inherent in most tribunal rulings against PDP interests recently.
Taraba state tribunal ruling again brings to the fore the organized plan by the President Buhari-led APC FG to deploy all unorthodox means to decimate the opposition.
It is rather curious and a great conflict of irony that the Taraba tribunal sitting in Abuja on security grounds faulted the conduct of PDP primaries shifted to the same Abuja on security reasons”, the party stressed. The PDP said if the tribunal is faulting the party primaries as basis for its decision, it then means that no APC guber candidate can stand the test, as their party never had acceptable primaries in any of their states.
The PDP wants democracy watchers globally to recall that it had earlier alerted the nation and the international community of the grand design by the APC to use the judiciary to wrestle some PDP states, particularly Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Taraba states.
Evidence that Taraba ruling was a product of Presidency manipulation can be deduced from the fact that few hours before the judgment was delivered, the APC had arrogantly announced their victory on the new media”,
We are totally confounded by the brazing show of power by the executive and warned that the development clearly portends grave danger to our democracy and indeed national cohesion and development. Finally, we call on our members across the country, especially in Taraba state to remain undaunted as the appellate courts will restore its well-deserved victory.’