The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the verdict of the Supreme Court on the review of its judgment on the Imo state governorship polls is an endorsement of electoral fraud, and it places a major burden on the court and the Lord Justices.
PDP, however, said that despite the appalling verdict, Justice Chima Nweze’s judgment offers hope for Nigeria’s judiciary.
According to the party’s publicity secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP will abide by the judgment because it went straight to the substance of the PDP’s application.
He added that it is sad that the Supreme Court had the chance to redeem itself and correct its errors but preferred to hide behind a technicality to justify electoral fraud.
His words, “What Nigerians expected of the Supreme Court, since the error in its earlier judgment had been fully established, was to summon the courage to affirm its infallibility by correcting the errors and handing over victory to the rightful winner. Sadly, it failed to do so”.
“Our party abides completely by every word of the judgment of Justice Nweze as treated facts, which are truly sacred. Justice Nweze’s pronouncement, which went straight into the substance of our application represents a universal view about the travesty of justice that occurred in the Imo state governorship election judgment”.
“It is indeed unfortunate that the Supreme Court had the wholesome opportunity to redeem itself and correct its errors, but choose to hide behind a technicality to justify and endorse an electoral fraud”.
“As a party, we hold that on this judgment, all election stakeholders must rally to create remedies for this pathetic situation created by the Supreme Court in the Imo governorship election before our entire electoral process becomes vanquished”.
“This judgment will continue to haunt the Supreme Court. It has created a burden of precedence and fallibility on the Court.
“More distressing is the fact that the judgment has heavily detracted from the confidence Nigerians and the international community reposed on the Supreme Court and our entire jurisprudence”.
Oshiomhole also had this to say, “I think it’s refreshing and quite predictable in the sense that from the attitude of the Supreme Court last week on Bayelsa that nothing was wrong with the candidate, the lower court did not disqualify the candidate, the issue of the candidate was not before the Supreme Court and yet the Supreme Court made a decision which we thought that benefited from in the words of Mr Olanikpekun, some human corrections and the court says no whatever they have done was final.”