By Lateef Ibrahim
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged all its members, particularly in Ekiti State, not to despair over Monday’s ruling of the Ekiti governorship election tribunal, which sat in Abuja and gave victory to the state governor, Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party expressed the firm optimism that the judgment of the tribunal will surely be overturned at the Court of Appeal and victory handed to the PDP and its candidate, Olusola Eleka, who is the clear winner of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election.
The leading opposition party said this yesterday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the statement, “The PDP holds that the Court of Appeal will consider the matter strictly on its merit particularly with the abounding evidence of rigging including violence, vote-buying, ballot stuffing and alteration of results perpetuated by the APC are still intact.
“Though the judiciary is passing through a trying time under the dictatorial tendencies of the Buhari Presidency, the PDP urges the Lord Justices to stand for justice by restoring the mandate freely given to the PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka, at the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state.
“The PDP notes that the entire nation and the international community had widely condemned the manipulation that marred the Ekiti governorship election and strongly believes that justice will be served at the end of the day”, it said.