The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which upheld the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election, describing it as provocative, barefaced subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of the nation’s justice system.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had today dismissed the petitions filed by the PDP and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar against the victory of Buhari.
The PDP, in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary on Wednesday said the party was particularly shocked that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it, showing that President Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes at the polls.
“The PDP finds as bewildering that a court of law could validate a clear case of perjury and declaration of false information in a sworn affidavit, as firmly established against President Muhammadu Buhari, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence.
“The party is also rudely shocked that the Court took over the roles of the Respondents’ lawyers who clearly abandoned their pleadings by refusing to call evidence in defense of the petition. The court raked up all manner of excuses to make up for the yawning gaps occasioned by the total absence of any evidence from the Respondents.
“Nigerians and the international community watched in utter disbelief when the tribunal ruled that one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate such individual claimed to possess, contrary to established proof of claims of certification.