By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the judgement of the Appeal Court that upheld the election of Gov. Yahaya Bello, saying the court failed to act on the heavy evidence of electoral irregularities but discountenanced the evidence at its disposal.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had in four separate unanimous judgments delivered on Saturday by a five-member panel, led by Justice Adamu Jauro, and dismissed the appeals for lacking in merit.
The appellate court held that the allegations, which include multiple thumb printing and falsification of results, could not be substantiated by the appellants by Engr Musa Wada and PDP.
The Court of Appeal then ordered Mr Wada to pay a sum of N100,000 each to Mr Bello, the APC, and INEC, who were listed as respondents in the appeal.
But the PDP on Sunday on its tweeter handle @OfficialPDPNig expressed shock over the judgement of the Court in favour of Governor Yahaya Bello, describing it as frustration of the course of justice.
The party urged the people not to despair over the judgment of the Court but to remain calm and prayerful, assuring that justice will definitely be served at the Supreme Court
In a series tweets “The party noted with shock that the Appeal Court, in its judgment, decided to discount the merit of the evidences before it, which showed that the PDP candidate, Engr. Musa Wada scored the highest valid votes in the election.
“The PDP observed that the judgment of the Appeal Court will be a major setback to our democratic process if left unchallenged, but expressed confidence that justice will be served on the merit of the case by the Supreme Court.
“The people of Kogi state now look up to the Supreme Court to reverse this injustice handed over to them, especially, given the evidence laid, as affirmed by the courageous verdict of Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele at the Election Tribunal”.