The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has asked its supporters not despair over the judgment of the Abuja Court of Appeal which dismissed its petition against the election of Governor Yahaya Bello in the November, 2019 governiship polls.
In a statement, released as reaction to the Saturday unanimous judgment, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olagbondiyan expressed hope that the apex court will consider the evidence of over-voting and other electoral fraud presented at the Tribunal to rule in favour of the party.
“Our party holds that discounting of hard evidence of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, thuggery and other irregularities and malpractices used by the All Progressives Congress, APC and compromised Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials to manipulate the results of the election would be reviewed at the Supreme Court.
“Justice on any matter is based on the weight of evidence before a court. 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 restates its insistence that the evidence 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 urges 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,” Olagbondiyan wrote.