*It’s a figment of their imagination
By Saka Bolaji – Minna
The Niger state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that some people within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) want to compromise the state governorship election tribunal sitting in Minna, the state capital.
This allegation was contained in a statement made available to the newsmen in Minna on Monday, where the party declared that “we know for a fact that the Niger state APC has made approaches through several fronts, including enrolling past judicial officers to link up to the panel members.
“While we in the PDP have tremendous confidence in the judiciary, we have no reason yet to suspect that the members have compromised in anyway or form. We have absolute confidence they will not.”
The statement was signed by the Director of Communications, Umar Nasko Governorship Campaign Organization, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed Usman.
He added that the suspicion of the PDP had been further reinforced by the persistent claims by some leaders of the APC “who have continued to mouth that nothing will come out of the tribunal; we have power and will do as we want.”
Usman however, said the PDP “will continue to build a water tight case that will ensure that our stolen mandate is recovered and given back to the rightful owner. We are very much aware of all the electoral malpractices and electoral frauds perpetrated during the sham governorship election. At the commencement of sitting all the facts will be tendered before their lordships.”
He therefore, called on the tribunal members to remain resolute and ensure justice is served so as to write their name in gold.
However, the All Progressives Congress has dismissed the claim of the PDP with a wave of the hand, describing it as the “figment of the imagination of a drowning party.”
According to the Special Assistant to Governor Abubakar Sani -Bello on Media and Communication, Mr. Jide Orintunsin, the PDP is known “for fake news and propaganda, we will not join them in the illegal act.”
Orintunsin said however, that the APC and in particular Gov. Sani- Bello “has no reason to try to compromise the tribunal because we won the election clean and clear.”
The governorship election tribunal after its first sitting during which it directed substituted service on Gov. Sani -Bello adjourned sitting to May 6. The three- man tribunal has Justice Halilu Yussuf as its chairman.