Governors elected on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday threw their weight behind the push by Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate to reverse the decision of the presidential election petition tribunal at the supreme court.
In a statement by Seriake Dickson, chairman of the PDP governors’ forum, and made available to newsmen, the governors noted the “countless anomalies” in the tribunal’s judgment and reminded
the apex court that its integrity is at stake.
The statement read, “After painstakingly and prudently understudying line after line of the judgement, several holes were picked and countless anomalies identified by us.”
“We would be doing a greater disservice and moral injustice to our party, our democracy and Nigerians in general if we turn blind eyes, swallow such bile and applaud that rape of justice.
“The judgement to say the least has further painted our judiciary with darker colours, only this time around with a never-before-seen blemished coat of tar.
“However, we are hopeful that the Supreme Court will rewrite that history by ensuring that such stains and tar are removed from our judicial archives.”
“Without any iota of trepidation, it is most paramount for us to once more restate and reconfirm our undiluted loyalty, deserving support and maximum commitment to our great party and the Atiku-Obi Presidential ticket,” he added.
“This is our stand, now and in the future. Posterity would judge us harshly if we did otherwise.”
The presidential election tribunal last Wednesday dismissed Atiku’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23, presidential election.
But opposition PDP immediately rejected the tribunal’s verdict and indicated it will challenge the decision at the supreme court but Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, an influential member of the PDP, broke rank with the party and congratulated President Buhari.