The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has vehemently denied reports suggesting that it had requested lawyers representing the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party to apologize for their actions following the judgment of the Presidential Elections Petition Court. This judgment, which affirmed the election of President Bola Tinubu, had stirred controversy in political circles.
PANDEF’s National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, issued a statement in Abuja to clarify the organization’s position on the matter. Robinson recalled a telephone conversation he had with a reporter from a national daily regarding the subject. He asserted that the reporter had twisted his words for personal motives.
In the statement, Robinson emphasized that PANDEF’s primary concern lies in fostering unity, peace, and the development of the country, as well as preserving the nation’s democracy. He stated that during the telephone interview, he had encouraged those dissatisfied with the judgment to utilize the legal avenue of appeal.
Robinson expressed disappointment that a personal observation had been taken out of context and misquoted in the news article. He made it clear that the referenced news report did not accurately reflect PANDEF’s stance on the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court and should be disregarded.