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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised concerns regarding the written address presented by lawyers representing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC). The PDP views this address as a pre-emptive move aimed at intimidating the judiciary.

In the written address, the lawyers’ statements threatening potential crises and anarchy in the country, should the Court rule that their clients did not meet the Constitutionally required 25% votes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are seen by the PDP as subversive, contrary to democratic order, and a direct assault on the nation’s existence.

The PDP finds it both alarming and unsettling that the APC chose to externalize their final written address, openly threatening national peace if the Court upholds the clear provisions of Section 134 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) regarding the mandatory requirements for declaring a Presidential election winner.

These threats, whether conveyed through counsel or officials of the APC, are seen as calculated attempts to intimidate and harass both the judiciary and the Nigerian people.

The PDP firmly believes that the intention behind the APC’s actions is to blackmail the Court and undermine the independence of the judiciary, preventing it from carrying out its duties in accordance with the law. This move appears to be a strategy aimed at instigating violent crises across the country, with the intention of further pressuring the PEPC.

The PDP raises important questions regarding the APC’s decision to externalize their final written address to the public. Is the APC attempting to pre-emptively heighten tension, subvert the judicial process, and incite anarchy due to the perceived weakness of their case before the PEPC?

However, the PDP reminds all parties that Nigeria is a country governed by the Rule of Law. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and the Electoral Act, 2022 clearly outline the statutory requirements for declaring a winner in a Presidential election.

The PDP urges the APC to respect the provisions of the law and allow the judiciary to carry out its duties independently, free from threats, intimidation, and coercion.

Contrary to the doomsday claims made by the APC and its lawyers, upholding the provisions of the Constitution and the laws at this stage will promote peace and stability in the political landscape, strengthen our democracy, and instill confidence in the Judiciary as an institution.

The PDP calls on Nigerians to remain calm, vigilant, and hopeful in the judiciary’s ability to deliver justice.

Signed:

Hon. Debo Ologunagba
National Publicity Secretary

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