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S/Court verdict on Imo an endorsement of electoral fraud – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mr Emeka Ihedioha said the refusal of the Supreme Court to review its Imo judgment was an endorsement of electoral fraud. Abdulrahman Zakariyau

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who delivered the judgment on Tuesday, said that aside from the fact that the application was lacking in merit, “the general law is that the court has no power to alter or vary any Judgment expected to correct error, or an order, or judgment or order made against a party of default.”

But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the verdict of the Supreme Court on the review of its judgment on the Imo state governorship election as “a disconcerting endorsement of electoral fraud”, which places a huge burden on the court and the Lord Justices.

The PDP in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Tuesday noted it abides completely by the judgement pronounced by Justice Nweze which it says went straight to the substance of the PDP’s application.

In the statement issued the party issued, it said: “in the face of the sad verdict, Justice Chima Nweze’s judgment presents a glimpse of hope for our nation’s judiciary. Our party abides completely by every word of the judgment of Justice Nweze as treated facts, which are truly sacred.

“Justice Nweze’s pronouncement, which went straight into the substance of our application, represents a universal view about the travesty of justice that occurred in the Imo state governorship election judgment.

“It is indeed unfortunate that the Supreme Court had the wholesome opportunity to redeem itself and correct its errors, but choose to hide behind technicality to justify and endorse an electoral fraud, it noted.

“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 legalize the writing of election results by individual contestants against the will of the people as expressed at the poll.

“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.

“This judgment will continue to haunt the Supreme Court. It has created a burden of precedence and fallibility on the Court”.

“More distressing is the fact that the judgment has heavily detracted from the confidence Nigerians and the international community reposed on the Supreme Court and our entire jurisprudence”.

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