The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at its 87th National Executive Council meeting in Abuja said it would ensure the Federal Government respects rule of law.
In anticipation of its protest set to hold on Sunday, the party noted that constitutional means would be adopted including civil disobedience to make sure the government desists from influencing the judiciary, INEC, and our security agencies.
According to the National Organising Secretary of the party, Austin Akobundu, who spoke with newsmen, the protest would hold on Sunday.
He added that “The protest is against the miscarriage of justice by the Supreme Court. It is also a clarion call to our teaming supporters and all lovers of democracy that on Sunday there shall be a nationwide civil and non-violent protest against the Supreme Court against our party."
Also the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who was also at the meeting described the verdict of the Supreme Court against former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, as a “miscarriage of justice.”
He accused the APC and the Federal Government of undermining democracy in the country.
He said, “The ruling APC and the Federal Government, combining effectively with the Independent National Electoral Commission and some security agencies including military, took the electoral manipulation to the next level.”
He further reveled that “The National Working Committee has credible intelligence that the Presidency and the APC leadership are still arm-twisting the judiciary to ensure that they deliver to them Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi and Adamawa while keeping Kano, which we clearly won."
Lending his voice to issue, former presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, proposed a strong committee to review the last elections. He also recommend to the party the needed reforms to address the challenges in the last elections be set up forthwith.
He noted that "what cannot wait is that we should not take what has been happening in our democratic processes from the role of INEC, role the security agencies and the judiciary for granted."
The former Vice President said, “If we take all these roles for granted that will be the end of our hard-earned struggle and including our founding members, who are today not alive.
Meanwhile, Akobundu said, “All protesters must dress in black and the procession must begin by 3pm simultaneously.”