The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned an application filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) asking the Supreme Court to review its May 24, 2019 judgement on Zamfara state elections.
The party while reacting to the application after it was struck out yesterday by the Apex Court said the APC wanted to subvert the democratic process in Nigeria. In a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party commended the Supreme Court for dismissing the request.
The party said, “The motive of the APC leaders is to ultimately sequester the institution of the judiciary and foist a totalitarian order on our polity.
“It is also instructive to note that by asking the Supreme Court to embark on a journey to nowhere, the APC clearly sought to subvert our democratic system and surreptitiously force on Nigerians, a system that is completely alien to our constitutional democracy and outside the confines and dictates of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“APC’s demand is a direct threat to our democracy, peace and stability of our nation and shows its unwillingness, as a party, to abide by the rule of law.
“It also exposes APC’s penchant for sowing crisis in our nation; a situation that should be condemned by all.”
A five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, in a ruling early on Monday, struck out the application marked: SC/377/2019 filed by the APC, seeking a review of the judgement.
The court rejected effort by the lawyer to the APC, Robert Clarke (SAN), to take a second look at the decision given earlier this year.
The Supreme Court had in a unanimous judgment delivered by a five-man panel led by Justice Tanko Muhammad, on May 24, 2019, declared that APC never conducted primary elections, thus had no valid candidates for the general election.
The court had declared that all the votes credited to the party and its candidates in the elections were wasted.
The apex court consequently declared the first runners-up in the 2019 general elections in the state as winners of all the offices earlier declared to have been won by the APC and its candidates.
The PDP was consequently awarded the governorship and other 36 elective offices available in the state