Supreme Court failed Nigerians by upholding Tinubu’s victory – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed the victory of Bola Tinubu as winner of the February 25, 2023 Presidential election.
PDP, in a statement released after the Supreme Court ruling, noted that “indeed a majority of Nigerians are alarmed, disappointed and gravely concerned with the reasoning of the Supreme Court which the PDP believes is against the express provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act, 2022, the Guideline and Regulation issued by INEC under which the election was conducted.”
The PDP asserted that the verdict was a sad commentary for Nigeria’s democracy, alleging that the Supreme Court failed to uphold the provisions of the law.
The statement signed by Debo Ologunagba says: “Nigerians earnestly expected the Supreme Court to uphold and defend the clear provisions of the 1999 Constitution in terms of qualification and minimum requirement for a winner to be declared in a Presidential election in Nigeria especially with regards to the required statutory 25% of votes in the FCT as well as issues of violation of electoral Rules and Guidelines, brazen manipulations and alterations of election results by the APC.
“Nigerians are still at a loss as to how the Supreme Court condoned the serious issues of forgery, falsehood and perjury on the altar of technicalities.
“The general gloom, melancholy, and sense of despondency across the country upon the delivery of the judgment is an ominous sign of eerie situation which portend grave consequences because of the disappointment embedded in the judgment.
“This judgment by the Supreme Court has evidently shaken the confidence of Nigerians in the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court as the last hope of the common man.”
According to the statement, the PDP remains undeterred.
The opposition party, however, charged Nigerians not to be discouraged or allow the judgment to detract them from their collective quest for the entrenchment of a credible electoral system that can guarantee a government that truly derive its legitimacy from the people.