By Lateef Ibrahim
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected Thursday’s judgement of the Kogi State High Court, which voided its primary elections for the State governorship election.
The PDP has thus resolved to send a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC) against the trial judge, Justice John Olorunfemi, stressing that
his (the judge’s) conduct amounted to gross misconduct, “which our judiciary must not condone”.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, who addressed journalists on the issue yesterday, described the judgement in question as a classical example of judicial rascality and scandalous travesty of justice which cannot stand.
He made it clear that the PDP will stop at nothing in exploring all legal avenues over the judgement.
The PDP pointed out that the judgment has heavily detracted from the integrity of the Kogi High Court and capable of threatening the reputation of the entire institution of the judiciary if not immediately quashed.
According to Ologbondiyan, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) completely rejects the judgment of the Kogi State High Court, which unlawfully voided our validly conducted primary for the Kogi State Governorship election.
“The judgment is a classical example of judicial rascality and scandalous travesty of justice which cannot stand, and for which our party will stop at nothing in exploring all legal avenues to immediately set it aside at the appellate courts.
“The PDP holds that the judgment has heavily detracted from the integrity of the Kogi High Court, threatens the reputation of the entire institution of the judiciary if not immediately quashed.
“It is completely unimaginable that a court of law will allow itself to be railroaded into a voyage to the void, to the extend that it stood the law on its head by importing and pronouncing reliefs on matters that were not before it or even pleaded by any of the parties; to wit, a declaration on the validity of PDP Kogi state governorship election primary.
“The conduct of the judge only confirmed widespread stand that the court had been externally induced, ethically challenged and politically compromised to undermine the case of the PDP at the Kogi governorship election tribunal.
“Already, our party has been fully made aware of how the All Progressives Congress (APC) and agents of Governor Yahaya Bello administration had mounted pressure on the Court to corrupt itself by twisting a matter, which had nothing to do with the validity of our primary, to assist the APC in its obnoxious plots against the PDP.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerians are all aware that our great party, on the 5th of September 2109, duly conducted our primary for the Kogi governorship election, which was monitored and certified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and which produced our candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, who fully participated in the November 16th 2019 governorship election.
“It is therefore instructive to state that the pre-election suit filed in the Kogi High Court by only one of our many aspirants in the primary, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed Ibrahim, only sought the court to declare him the winner of PDP primary election.
“All the parties agreed that the primary was valid and concluded.
“The only contention between Engineer Musa Wada and Abubakar Mohammed Ibrahim was to determine who the actual winner was and nothing more.
“In determining the matter, the judge found that Abubakar Mohammed Ibrahim did not establish his case that he won the primary.
“Instead of stopping at that, which is within the ambit of the reliefs sought and opposed in the court, the judge strangely went ahead to sacrilegiously deliver the script of the APC, to wit; declaring that the PDP Kogi State Governorship primaries was invalid and that PDP had no candidate for the Governorship election of 16th November, 2019.
“This is indeed another sad commentary for the judiciary. How on earth can a judge engage in a deliberate public rape of the Lady Justice, in her own temple, just to please the pillagers of our democracy?
“The conduct of the judge is completely unethical, a direct abuse of the law and powers of the court to satisfy the interest of the APC and Governor Yahaya Bello, in their failed bid to frustrate the retrieval of our governorship mandate at the tribunal.
“The PDP will take this matter to the very legitimate end and get redress at the appellate courts and we have instructed our lawyers accordingly.
“Our party believes that the ignoble conduct of the trial court does not represent the overall attitude of our judiciary. He acted on his own and must be seen in that light.