National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has disclosed that the party has had intelligence that the hierarchy of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had decided to use the Supreme Court to capture the states won and controlled by the PDP.
Addressing a Press Conference on Thursday in Abuja, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus rejected the apex court’s verdict on the Imo governorship election, saying that the judgement is “a clear coup d’etat against the will of the people of Imo State”.
The national chairman of the party, therefore, declared that the party doesn’t trust the impartiality and independence of the Supreme Court panel headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Tanko on the remaining cases like Kano, Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau and others.
According to Mr Secondus, Supreme Court under the leadership of Justice Tanko has lost its credibility and no longer commands the respect and confidence of Nigerians.
“The fact is that, the Supreme Court, as presently constituted under Justice Tanko, has lost its credibility and no longer commands the respect and confidence of Nigerians.
“If the people no longer repose confidence in the Supreme Court, then our democracy, national cohesion and stability are at great risk.
“The constitution of the panel that heard the appeal itself was a product of drama.
“The panel was changed three times and any judge that showed signs of not agreeing to murder democracy in this case was promptly removed by the CJN. The result had to be unanimous to satisfy the script of rationality.
“But can any judge who sat on that panel go home and sleep well?
“Can any judge who sat on that panel face his creator and swear that impartial justice was done? We think not.
“We had intelligence before the verdict on the Imo Governorship that the hierarchy of APC had decided that they must use the Supreme Court to capture the states won and controlled by the PDP such as Imo, Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa and Benue.
“Can the PDP rightly trust the impartiality and independence of the panel headed by Justice Tanko Mohammed, the CJN, to adjudicate on the remaining cases involving the PDP like Kano, Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau and others?
“Is the same fate awaiting the Governors of these states that are controlled by the PDP and other states like Kano where the PDP clearly won and was robbed?
“Should Justice Tanko Mohammed and his colleagues on the Imo Governorship Panel not recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving PDP?
“The PDP firmly holds that if the flawed judgment of the Supreme Court on Imo governorship election is allowed to stand, it would be a recipe for anarchy, chaos and constitutional crisis not only in Imo state but in the entire country.
“Our party has it in good authority that Justice Tanko and his panel are working on instruction from certain forces in the Presidency to use the Supreme Court to take over states lawfully won by the PDP and award them to the APC,” Mr Secondus said.
The national chairman, therefore, called on the CJN and his colleagues on the Imo Governorship Panel recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving PDP in the Supreme Court.
“Furthermore we demand that Justice Tanko Mohammed, the CJN and his colleagues on the Imo Governorship Panel recuse themselves from the remaining cases involving PDP in the Supreme Court.
“We state for the records that the Supreme Court under Justice Tanko Mohammed shall be held responsible if there is any breakdown of law and order in any state as a result of judgments procured solely for political rather than judicial reasons as is currently happening,” Mr Secondus added.