Elections: PDP set to sue INEC, APC this week


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its Expanded National Caucus meeting, held yesterday, resolved to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari this week.

The party said its team of lawyers was set to file the suit challenging results of the presidential election held on February 23, which saw INEC declaring APC candidate Buhari as winner.

Addressing a press conference at the end of the meeting which lasted for over four hours, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said “Our party and candidate have resolved to seek legal redress on the stolen mandate.”

He said, “If it is true that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC won this election, what is scaring them? Why are they afraid of coming to the tribunal? They should come to the tribunal and present to the justices how they won the election.

“For us in the PDP and for our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, our lawyers have been properly briefed and as well they are set to file at the tribunal and we will surely do that.

“Nobody can intimidate our party, nobody will intimidate our candidate not to follow what the law provides for. We will do everything within the law to make sure that this stolen mandate is retrieved.”

The party also said it has concluded plans to petition the United Nations (UN) and other global democratic entities over alleged militarisation of elections by the ruling APC in the country with specific emphasis on the February 23 presidential poll and next Saturday’s governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.

The PDP spokesman said, “The caucus reviewed the situation in Kano State particularly as it concerned the court decision and noted that an appeal had been filed against the judgement and we will continue to study and follow the situation as they arise.”

On the forthcoming governorship election, the party decried what it termed the militarisation of the South South and “the rigging which the APC is plotting ahead of the election.”

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