The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the Supreme Court over its judgment which declared Senator Hope Uzodinma’s election winner of the Imo State election.
The party stated that the pronouncement represented a universal view about the travesty of justice that occurred in the Imo State governorship election judgment.
Issuing a statement through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: “Our party abides completely by every word of the judgment of Justice Nweze as treated facts, which are truly sacred.”
However, the party described the judgement as unfortunate, stating that the Supreme Court chose to hide behind a technicality to justify and endorse an electoral fraud.
PDP said: “What Nigerians expected of the Supreme Court, since the error in its earlier judgment had been fully established, was to summon the courage to affirm its infallibility by correcting the errors and handing over victory to the rightful winner. Sadly, it failed to do so.
“For the avoidance of doubt, what the Supreme Court had done in this judgment is to uphold and legalise the writing of election results by individual contestants against the will of the people as expressed at the poll. Meanwhile, Ologbondiyan reiterated that “As a party, we hold that on this judgment, all election stakeholders must rally to create remedies for this pathetic situation created by the Supreme Court in the Imo governorship election before our entire electoral process becomes vanquished.”
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC), congratulated the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma on the ruling, while adding that it believes in the sanctity of the rule of law and will always accept the decisions of the apex court, whether favourable or not.
Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said: “The APC will never choose the route of impugning on the integrity of our Judiciary, undermining other public institutions and threatening our democracy with unpatriotic utterances and actions.”
However, recent developments in the polity have made electoral and judicial reforms a matter of urgency and necessity.
“These are the tasks before the ninth National Assembly as it embarks on the constitution review exercise. We are confident the Imo people have chosen the right man for the job. Our congratulations, therefore, go to the good people of Imo State as they begin a new journey into prosperity under the capable watch of Governor Uzodinma,” the party added.