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Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2019

PDP challenges Buhari’s re-election in court today

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L-R: Former vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus; PDP National Secretary,  Sen. Umar  Tsauri and Deputy Senate president, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, during the Expanded National Caucus meeting, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

• As party’s guber candidate in Kano is sacked

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja and Edwin Olofu, Kano

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disclosed yesterday (Monday) that its legal team would file a petition against the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the court today.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus made the disclosure at the expanded national caucus meeting in Abuja yesterday.
Secondus explained that the party’s resort to the law Court was largely informed by what he called “overwhelming rigging of the polls by the All Progressives Congress, APC.”
He alleged that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were intimidated to carry out the bidding of the ruling party.
Prince Secondus flayed the APC-led government’s “use of the military to harass the electorate in some parts of the country in the course of the elections.
He said: “Nothing will make us waver in the pursuit of justice. The decision to go to court has been finalised and the process has began.
“We will file our petition today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday). No matter what anyone will do or what the APC will say, we will seek justice to the highest court of the land.
“What happened during this election has never happened in the history of this country. They are celebrating criminality, they are celebrating evil.
“Our leaders are not talking and if you don’t speak against evil, it will consume everybody. The National Peace Committee is not saying anything.
“INEC and its ad-hoc staff were intimidated and everyone is quiet. If nothing is done, we will nosedive and go deeper and deeper in this situation we have found ourselves”, he said.
Secondus added that “the decision to go to court has been finalised and agreed and the process is on.
“The lawyers have been assembled. We may be in court today or tomorrow. No one can stop us.
“No matter the propaganda of APC, we will seek justice till the last drop of our blood. We believe justice will be done and God almighty will give justice.”
On the alleged irregularities that characterized the Presidential election, Secondus lamented that the manner in which the military and other security agencies were deployed to allegedly undermine the integrity of the elections, there may not be any need for proper election in 2023, adding that leaders might simply emerge through announcement by the Presidency.
Secondus urged INEC and security agencies to ensure that the alleged violence, manipulation and suppression of voters in the PDP strongholds of February 23 poll, was not repeated in the governorship and State Assembly polls come March 9.
“I want to ask INEC whether what it did on February 23, will be repeated on March 9? Where will history place you over what happened on February 23 where the entire military force was unleashed to rig election for the incumbent?
“It would have been even better if we had adopted the Thailand situation where the military shared offices with civilians. But our constitution did not provide for that”.
The PDP National chairman cautioned INEC, security agencies to steer clear of the governorship and State Assembly polls, saying the world is watching them.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Kano presided over by Justice Lawis Alagoa on Monday nullified the primary election that produced Abba K. Yusuf as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday’s guberantorial election in the state.
The Judge ruled that Abba K. Yususf’s candidature is not recognized by law because no primary election was held.
The Judge, however, ruled that the PDP should conduct a fresh primary to produce a candidate that can be recognized by law before Saturday’s election.
Ibrahim El-Amin Little, a PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Kano had approached the court, challenging the process that led to his emergence of Yusuf as PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state.
His grouse was that the party denied him the right to contest the primary election, even as he brought his expression and nomination form.
He had prayed the court for the interpretation whether the party could go ahead to field a candidate for the election in Kano state, without conducting primary election or not.

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