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Published On: Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020

Asking S/Court to review Imo judgement not confrontation – PDP

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By Lateef Ibrahim

As the Supreme court rules on the Imo State governorship election today, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its decision to go back to the apex court for the review of the judgement is not, in any way, aimed at confronting the court.
Rather, the PDP said that the decision is aimed as helping the course of justice in the nation.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said this yesterday in Abuja while responding to a question on the issue.
The Supremes court, it will be recalled, had sacked Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP as the Governor of the state and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the Governor.
However, Ihedioha and PDP later returned to the same court asking for the review and reversal of the case.
The PDP insisted yesterday that it is not confronting the Supreme court, whichever way it is looked at at.
The party equally expressed the optimism that its lawyers will not be sanctioned for asking for the review.
According to Ologbondiyan, “We are not confronting the Supreme court, we are presenting our case before the supreme court for them to understand that they were misled into taking a decision.
“We hold firmly that there will be no sanctions against our lawyers. Because the reason we went to the supreme court is to state clearly that they were misled by the All Progressive Congress (APC) into their judgement.
“We are at the Supreme to state clearly that the result of votes the Supreme court declared for the APC is even more and larger than the total number of registered votes. And that the highest court in the land was misled into taking that decision.
“So, we are not confronting the supreme court as a political party, No. The PDP and our candidate Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha ,who has chequered of political participation in Nigeria, who has had the opportunity of leading the house that has constitution responsibility to make law, will not go like that.
“Our party that nurtured democracy for over 20 years will not confront the supreme court.
“There is nowhere that the PDP has sat down to contemplate or express fear over our decision to ask the Supreme court to guard its own infallibility. No where.
“What we are going back to say is that in your judgement you were misled and these are the facts.
“So, are we not helping the course of justice by so doing? The PDP is helping the course of justice by so doing. And it is helping the Supreme court to further strengthen it’s infallibility.
“We understand democracy better than the APC, we know the import of democracy, we know our right within the confines of democracy. And such we owe it a responsibility to our country because we all belong to the same nation.
“So, if there are errors in what the APC and its candidate Hope Uzodinma had deliberately laid before the supreme court and push the Supreme court into taking the wrong decision, we have a responsibility, as a party that brought democracy to Nigeria, to point out those errors to the Supreme Court.
“Do not think we have acted wrong, rather we have acted on the part of justice” the PDP said.

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