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Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2020

PDP not afraid of fresh guber in Bayelsa – Secondus

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  • Insists S/Court misled over Imo judgement

By Lateef Ibrahim

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it is not losing any sleep over the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to call for a fresh governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Similarly, the PDP has claimed that the Supreme Court was misled in sacking Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.
The National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who said these in Abuja, maintained strongly that the party has nothing to fear concerning the returning to the apex court by the APC on the governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The Supreme court had, in a judgement last week Thursday, upturned the victory of the APC candidate, David Lyon as the Governor-elect of Bayelsa state and directed the next party with the highest votes and the requisite geographical spread to be sworn-in.
The PDP candidate, Senator Duoye Diri was subsequently declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who issued him certificate of return and was thereafter sworn in as the governor of the oil rich state on Friday.
Dissatisfied with the judgement, the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has written to INEC, calling for a fresh election in Bayelsa state.
The PDP National Chairman described the swearing-in of the party’s candidate, Senator Diri as final, saying that the APC and its candidate in the election, David Lyon, ought to know that the ticket of David Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, was one.
According to him, ‘‘So, if one of the candidates, either the governorship candidate or his running mate has issues with the law, both candidates will be affected because it is a joint ticket. That is elementary in politics”.
The PDP National Chairman equally claimed that the Supreme Court was misled in sacking Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.
Secondus disclosed there were some facts that were not presented before the apex court by the PDP before the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma was declared winner.
He reasoned that if the facts were presented before the Justices, there was no way Ihedioha would have been sacked for Uzodinma by the apex court.
He said the party and Ihedioha were not nursing any fears as to whether the Supreme Court would reverse itself on the decision taken, which was in favour of the APC and its candidate.
Secondus said it was wrong for Uzodinma to claim that the time within which the court was permitted to entertain the case which emanated from election petition had passed.
It will be recalled that Uzodinma had, through his lawyer, Damian Dodo(SAN), told journalists in Abuja on Sunday, that the Supreme Court no longer had powers to hear the application for the review of the January 14, 2020 judgment which sacked Ihedioha.
However, Secondus said, ‘‘We are not going to court for the sake of going there. Our returning to court is based on justice. It has nothing to do with any technicalities or otherwise.
“We want the court to know that it was deceived to grant such a relief which was fraudulently obtained by those who asked that our governor be sacked.
‘‘The justices of the Supreme Court are human beings. They could be misled and they were misled. The judgment that removed Ihedioha was fraudulently obtained as could be seen in the papers filed by our candidate at the Supreme Court.
‘‘Both Uzodinma and the All Progressives Congress fraudulently misled the Supreme Court into believing that 213,495 votes were unlawfully excluded from the votes they scored in the governorship election, which was held on March 9, 2019.
‘‘If the lies told the Supreme Court are allowed to stay, then the total number of votes cast at the election will be more than the total number of votes accredited for the election. This cannot stay. We do not need to set a bad precedence”, he declared.

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