‘APC Afraid to Defend Their ‘Rigging’ at the Tribunal’ – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop their unnecessary fabrications, smear campaign and prepare to face the opposition’s legal team at the presidential election tribunal.

Responding to a petition by the spokesman for the President’s campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo to the DSS, the PDP said President Buhari is overweighed by the burden of “illegitimacy”, following overwhelming evidence before the tribunal that he “stole” the presidential mandate.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, alleged that the APC and Buhari were panicking because of the case instituted before the tribunal by it and Atiku, Punch writes.

He said, “It is obvious that the President and his party are afraid and are panicking as a result of the petition we filed at the tribunal.

“They failed in their clandestine moves to persuade us not to go to the tribunal. Now the reality has dawned on them that they have to defend the injustice they meted out to us and Nigerians now.

“Now, for election they claimed they won, they ought to have filed their defence at the tribunal and be eager to defend it.

The spokesman for the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, described the allegation as an attempt at blackmailing the tribunal by engaging in clear acts of subjudice.

The party spokesman further stated that the facts and issues touching on the INEC server, were already within the public domain and Nigerians are already at home with them.

He said,

“By resorting to shadow-boxing outside the tribunal, President Buhari and the APC have shown that they have no defence to present to the court against PDP’s submission that they stole our mandate.

“It is even more appalling that Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a member of Buhari’s legal team, who should know better, would engage in this act of subjudice designed to distort facts already known to Nigerians, that our Presidential Candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, clearly won the February 23 Presidential election.

“Since it has become clear that President Buhari has no defence to present to the court, we counsel him to save the nation further stress by surrendering our mandate, which was freely given by majority of Nigerians to Atiku Abubakar”.

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