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PDP, APC at loggerheads Over Supreme Court Judgement



THE leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader and Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, have lead a protest to the supreme court over its verdict on the Imo governorship election.

The march took off from the PDP’s Legacy House in Maitama, Abuja amid tight security.

The party vow rhat the protest is just beginning, according to one of the protesters saying they “will never allow Buhari and Tanko destroy the peace of this nation, the CJN is doing everything to destroy this democracy, but we will never allow him prevail. Nigerians must join theus fight to rescue our country”

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday described the protest embarked upon by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as senseless and capable dragging the image of the country and the judiciary into public ridicule before the international community.

The party said the PDP has become a threat to the present Democratic practice in the country and asked the relevant security agencies to bring to book all those posing threat to peaceful coexistence in the country.

The protesters, who are in hundreds, held placards which read: “Save Judiciary”, “Presidency and Judiciary Murder Democracy” and “We say no to Supreme Court judgement in Imo” among others.

The party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus, on Friday, during the party’s emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting stated that the aim of the protest was to impress it on Nigerians that injustice has been done to the party.

The Supreme Court had on January 14 nullified the electoral victory of Emeka Ihedioha, the PDP Imo State 2019 governorship candidate.

The apex court had held that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Hope Uzodinma, was the duly elected governor of the state and ordered that he be sworn in as the governor of the state.

Some of the PDP leaders at the protest include the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; the 2019 Vice-President candidate, Peter Obi; and the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Meanwhile on Friday, the PDP accused APC Governors of being Products Of Manipulation, Insisting On Review Of Supreme Court Judgment.
The PDP says “the reason governors of the fizzling All Progressives Congress (APC) are standing alone in defence of the widely condemned judgment of the Supreme Court on Imo governorship election is because many of them are products of huge electoral manipulations.”
The party says the APC governors’ attempt at cheap blackmail will never stop the PDP and millions of Nigerians from the demand for the review and reversal of the judgment in which the Supreme Court manufactured and donated fictitious votes to name a 4th position candidate the winner of the Imo state governorship election.

In the highly worded statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu, the APC said it finds the action of the PDP disgraceful, senseless and worrisome as well as a calculated attempt to heat up the polity.

While recalling to seats the party has lost to the PDP, the party said it has just lost the governorship election in Sokoto state to the PDP, adding that even though the party does not agree with the judgement, it has accepted it, and still have abiding fate in the judiciary.

The statement reads “the All Progressives Congress (APC) finds the indecorous and contemptuous actions and remarks by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worrisome. The disgraceful and senseless protest embarked upon by the opposition party is being done with the sole purpose of dragging the apex Court of our land, and indeed our great country into odium and scorn before the international community.

“We also view the irascible actions and irresponsible remarks by the PDP as a calculated attempt to overheat the polity. PDP has become a present threat to our peaceful coexistence. For the avoidance of doubt, it is important to put the issues PDP is reacting to in context.

“On January 14, 2020 the Supreme Court delivered a bold and very remarkable Judgment in the case involving the Governorship election of Imo State. Like all judicial contests, there was a winner and there was a loser. The crux of the decision was that the PDP candidate (who had been adjudged to have been wrongfully declared the winner by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Imo State) was removed by the apex Court and Sen. Hope Uzodinma of our party was declared the rightful winner of the election.

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