PDP raises alarm, alleges plot to frustrate Atiku’s appeal at Supreme Court

– The PDP claims there is a calculated attempt to frustrate the bid of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to promptly file an appeal to upturn the judgement at the Supreme Court

– Kola Ologbondiyan demands the immediate release of the record of the judgement as delivered by the tribunal without any form of alterations

– The party’s spokesperson says the Court of Appeal is aware that the PDP and its candidate has mandatory 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the delay in releasing the presidential election petition tribunal judgment record on the February 23 election is a calculated attempt to frustrate the bid of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to promptly file an appeal to upturn the judgement at the Supreme Court.

The party raised the alarm in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, September 13, in Abuja, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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Ologbondiyan demanded the immediate release of the record of the judgement as delivered by the tribunal without any form of alterations.

He said that the Court of Appeal was aware that the PDP and its candidate had mandatory 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court.

He noted that in spite of this the court was delaying in releasing a judgment that was read for nine hours.

“Our party fears that this development is lending credence to suspicion in the public space that the judgement is being tampered with and altered, in the name of correcting errors, knowing that there is no way the verdicts can stand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court.’’

Ologbondiyan expressed hope that there was no link between the circumstances surrounding the delay and comments by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

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“The PDP had always alerted Nigerians of the relentless efforts by the APC to manipulate processes.

We are happy that our party and Nigerians in general, have the full video and audio recording of the judgement and we will not hesitate to expose any underhand act by anybody,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 elections, say they’ll rely on three grounds to get President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the presidential election tribunal overturned by the Supreme Court.

Daily Trust reports that Levy Uzoukwu (SAN), Atiku’s lead counsel, said the first ground upon which the challenge would be based, is the issue of qualification.

Uzoukwu stated that contrary to the tribunal’s position that copies of certificates listed don’t need to be attached, the INEC Form CF001 clearly states that before you swear to an affidavit, you must attach evidence of qualifications.

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