The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is confident of victory at the Supreme Court over the judgement of the Appellate Court which favoured Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in last year’s governorship election.
It also said the judgment of the Court in Bello’s favour, does not vitiate or detract from the fact, by hard evidence, that it won the November 16, 2019 Kogi state governorship election.
The party noted with shock that the Appeal Court, in its judgment, decided to discount the merit of the evidences before it, which showed that the PDP candidate, Engr. Musa Wada scored the highest valid votes in the election.
The PDP observed that the judgment of the Appeal Court will be a major setback to our democratic process if left unchallenged, but expressed confidence that justice will be served on the merit of the case by the Supreme Court.
A statement issued on Sunday by its Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the PDP holds that discounting of “hard evidence of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, thuggery and other irregularities and malpractices used by the APC and compromised INEC officials to manipulate the results of the election would be reviewed at the Supreme Court.”
According to the statement, justice on any matter is based on the weight of evidence before a court.
It also noted that “the failure by the Appeal Court to consider key and essential ingredients of evidence before it on their merit,” as already admitted and upheld by a judgment of a preceding court, amounted to a frustration of the course of justice in the matter.
The PDP restated its insistence that the evidences are clear that its candidate is the genuine choice of the people in the November 16, 2019 election.
“The people of Kogi state now look up to the Supreme Court to reverse this injustice handed over to them, especially, given the evidence laid, as affirmed by the courageous verdict of Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele at the Election Tribunal.”
The PDP urged the people not to despair over the judgment of the Appeal Court but to remain calm and prayerful, as justice will definitely be served at the Supreme Court