Contrary to widespread opinion that the party may soft-pedal on its stance to challenge the results of the last presidential and National Assembly elections in court, the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, said that nobody would stop the party from contesting the outcome of the February 23 elections in court.
Mr Uche Secondus, who told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the party believed that justice would be done at the court, also expressed confidence that the court would overturn the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We will go to court. Nobody will stop us from going to court and bring out all of the facts both the international observers and some people have not seen.
“We will unearth them at the court and I believe that justice will be done at the court.
“Because if we continue to suppress injustice and go sentimental, the country will continue to pile on gun powder that will explode one day.
“So much injustice has been done in this country and if we allow it and it continues to pile, nobody knows what will happen.
“So, that’s why we decided as good citizens and law-abiding and people who believe in rule of law that we will go,” Secondus said.
Speaking on the recent meeting the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had with the National Peace Committee, Secondus said there was no condiction given to the party, as they were only invited to state their grievances.
“There was no condition. Initially, we were not to talk with them because a decision had been taken to go to court, but because of the personalities involved, we said ok, let’s just talk.
“There was no condition. There was no request of any condition.
“We made it clear that unless the injustices are addressed, there is no room for peace. It is only when you address the injustice that you can now sit down for peace,” he said.
Secondus also spoke on the alleged militarisation of the elections particularly in the South South and South East.
He said it was one of the strategies the rulling party used in denying PDP victory.
He added the development was also responsible for alleged killing of innocent electorate and suppression of voters who were either scared out or chased away from polling units.
He said that even by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) own record voter turnout in last Saturday’s election fell to about 36 per cent from 44 per cent it was in 2015.
“While the military was suppressing voters in PDP strong hold areas in the South; a different abracadabra was going on in some northern states particularly in Kano, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara states where numbers refuse to add up.
“In Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states, confirmed report shows that there was non-compliance in the use of Smart card reader as approved by INEC rules”.
He added that “The same applies to cancelled votes, in Nasarawa states over 115,000votes cancelled, Kogi 79,000 votes, Plateau 30,000 votes indicating that these high incidence of vote cancellation were designed to suppress the margin of victory in PDP strongholds.
Secondus urged PDP members and supporters across the country not to despair but to remain steadfast and focused.
“Like our presidential candidate assured, we shall triumph at the end because democracy has come to stay in this country and is staying by the grace of God.
“I also wish to reiterate to our security agencies particularly the Army that they are not at war with any section of her citizens and they must try to be professional in their duties by staying away from election matters as directed by the Supreme Court of the land”.
Highlight of the press conference include one minute silence for Nigerians who lost their lives on the Election Day and in the course of celebrating the outcome.
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