…Urges President, APC to respect the Court of Appeal
Tunde Opalana, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Presidency’s jittery reaction to the media interview granted by a top official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), confirming the existence of a central election results transmission server in the commission, further vindicated claims by the party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The interview, according to the party, speaks volumes about the reported denial by INEC of the existence of such a server for the 2019 general election.
It insisted that the reaction by President Muhammadu Buhari’s team was just meant to distract the Presidential election petitions tribunal proceedings.
The PDP, through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, reacted to the defence by an aide to President Buhari, Festus Keyamo, that there was no legal backing for electronics transmission of elections results by INEC.
The party considered Keyamo’s defence as addition to the Presidency’s feverish attempt to divert public attention by engaging in judicial interpretations and hauling insults on the PDP and candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over its determination to retrieve its mandate in the court.
He said: “The lesson for all in the latest episode is in the undying verity that no matter how long falsehood appears to thrive, the truth will always come to light and prevail at the end of the day.
“ Instead of this pitiable resort to frenetic and chaotic play to the gallery, the PDP counsels President Buhari and his team to focus on facing the course of justice at the tribunal”.
The party advised President Buhari and his team to curtail their desperation and respect the sanctity and integrity of the Court of Appeal by ending their externalization of proceedings, which has been their calculated scheme to distract the court and derail the course of Justice.
“The PDP and our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are full of respect for the court and will never join President Buhari’s team in engaging in actions that tend to undermine independence and sanctity of the judiciary.
“Our party stands firmly with Nigerians in our determination to retrieve our stolen mandate in the court and no amount of shenanigans by the APC and the Buhari team will distract us or detract from the resolve of Nigerians in their expectation of the triumph of their will at the tribunal”, he said.