The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment, which upheld the victory of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in the 2019 presidential election and dismissed the appeal of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this during a press conference in Abuja, also called on the Supreme Court to review its judgments on the governorship elections in four states.
The party demanded a review of the apex court’s judgment on the 2018 governorship election in Osun State. In the judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the APC’s candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s victory and dismissed the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke’s appeal.
It also demanded a review of the Supreme Court judgment on the 2019 Kaduna State election involving the APC candidate, Nasir El-Rufai, and his PDP opponent, Isah Ashiru.
The opposition party further called for a review of the Supreme Court judgment on the Kano State governorship election involving the APC candidate, Abdullahi Ganduje, and his PDP counterpart, Abba Yusuf, as well as the apex court’s verdict on the Katsina State governorship poll.
In its judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the election of the state governor, Aminu Masari, and dismissed the appeal of his challenger, Senator Yakubu Danmarke, of the PDP.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP was demanding reviews of the judgments because of the alleged plot by the APC “to pressure the justices of the Supreme Court to upturn the judgment of Justice Mary Odili-led panel on the Bayelsa State governorship election.”
The Justice Odili-led panel had, in its judgment on February 13, nullified the election of the Bayelsa State governorship candidate of the APC, Mr David Lyon, who was then the governor-elect.
The panel ruled that Lyon’s running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information about his educational qualifications in his Form CF001 submitted to Independent National Electoral Commission as a candidate for the 2019 election.
According to the apex court, Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification on the basis of submitting false information to INEC had infected the joint ticket with which he and Lyon contested the election and emerged victorious.
It asked INEC to withdraw their certificates of return and give a fresh one to the candidate with the next highest number of votes.
Ologbondiyan, at the press conference in Abuja said, “The PDP finds it ludicrous, ridiculous and insulting to the sensibilities and respect of the Supreme Court justices for the APC to hurriedly and malevolently head for the Supreme Court to attempt to arm twist the lord justices to effect a forceful reversal of the valid, flawless and faultless judgments on Bayelsa and Zamfara states governorship elections.