The Nasarawa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, which overturned the decision of the tribunal removing Abdullahi Sule as the winner of the March 18 gubernatorial election.
In a statement released on Thursday by the state party chairman, Francis Orogu, after the judgment of the Court of Appeal, the PDP disclosed that it would approach the Supreme Court to seek the reversal of the decision of the appeal court.
The statement partly reads, “The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State, after careful consideration and consultation with our legal team, expresses profound disagreement with the judgment of the Court of Appeal that invalidated the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal, which sacked Governor AA Sule and declared our candidate, Dr David Ombugadu, as the duly elected governor.”
Orogu also noted that, though the party respects the judiciary and the rule of law, it firmly believes that the decision of the Court of Appeal does not align with the facts and evidence the party presented during the tribunal.
He also explained that the party’s legal team had identified sufficient and significant grounds to seek a review of the appeal court’s judgment in the Apex Court.
The PDP chieftain, while appreciating their supporters, party members, and the general public, urged them to remain calm and maintain confidence in the democratic institutions and the judicial system.
He also expressed confidence in the judiciary, noting that the struggle for justice is one that requires resilience and patience.
The Herald had reported that the appellate court, in its judgment on the matter on Thursday, discarded the judgment of the tribunal, which sacked Governor Sule and declared the candidate of the PDP in the election, David Ombugadu, as the winner of the election.
The tribunal led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi had, in a split judgment, held that, based on evidence from the various polling units before the tribunal, Ombugadu had the majority of valid votes in the election.