PDP governors throw weight behind Atiku’s appeal of Tribunal ruling


Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday threw expressed their support for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in his quest to challenge the verdict of the presidential election petition tribunal at the Supreme Court.

The 5-man tribunal had on Wednesday, dismissed the petition filed by the PDP and Atiku challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had broken ranks with his party and congratulated Buhari immediately the ruling.

The governors in a statement by its chairman, Seriake Dickson said that after studying the judgement they discovered “countless anomalies” in it.

They subsequently urged the Apex Court to act as its integrity is at stake.

“After painstakingly and prudently understudying line after line of the judgement, several holes were picked and countless anomalies identified by us,”.

“We would be doing a greater disservice and moral injustice to our party, our democracy and Nigerians in general if we turn blind eyes, swallow such bile and applaud that rape of justice.

“The judgement to say the least has further painted our judiciary with darker colours, only this time around with a never-before-seen blemished coat of tar.

“However, we are hopeful that the Supreme Court will rewrite that history by ensuring that such stains and tar are removed from our judicial archives.

“Without any iota of trepidation, it is most paramount for us to once more restate and reconfirm our undiluted loyalty, deserving support and maximum commitment to our great party and the Atiku-Obi Presidential ticket.

“This is our stand, now and in the future. Posterity would judge us harshly if we did otherwise.”