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Imo: PDP nationwide protest senseless, disrespectful


Jan. 20, 2020

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday described the protest embarked upon by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as senseless and capable dragging the image of the country and the judiciary into public ridicule before the international community.
The party said the PDP has become a threat to the present Democratic practice in the country and asked the relevant security agencies to bring to book all those posing threat to  peaceful coexistence in the country.
In the highly worded statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu, the APC said it find the action of the PDP disgraceful, senseless and worrisome as well as a calculated attempt to heat up the polity.
While recalling to seats the party has lost to the PDP, the party said it has just lost the governorship election in Sokoto state to the PDP, adding that even though the party does not agree with the judgement, it has accepted it, and still have abiding fate in the judiciary.
The statement reads “the All Progressives Congress (APC) finds the indecorous and contemptuous actions and remarks by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) worrisome. The disgraceful and senseless protest embarked upon by the opposition party is being done with the sole purpose of dragging the apex Court of our land, and indeed our great country into odium and scorn before the international community.
“We also view the irascible actions and irresponsible remarks by the PDP as a calculated attempt to overheat the polity. PDP has become a present threat to our peaceful coexistence. For the avoidance of doubt, it is important to put the issues PDP is reacting to in context.
“On January 14, 2020 the Supreme Court delivered a bold and very remarkable Judgment in the case involving the Governorship election of Imo State. Like all judicial contests, there was a winner and there was a loser. The crux of the decision was that the PDP candidate (who had been adjudged to have been wrongfully declared the winner by the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Imo State) was removed by the apex Court and Sen. Hope Uzodinma of our party was declared the rightful winner of the election.
“The Court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a Certificate of Return to Sen. Hope Uzodinma and that he should be sworn in as the Governor of Imo State. This decision by the apex Court was not made lightly but was, in fact, based on the facts presented by the Parties and the law canvassed before it by their respective Counsel.
“How else should a Court of law determine a case before it? Based on innuendos, conjecture, suspicions and conspiracy theories? Certainly not.
“Since then, the PDP has issued press statements and made series of wild and unsubstantiated allegations as well as casting aspersion at the Court for its decision. We know that the PDP will find justice served by our Courts very hard to swallow because it had become accustomed to crooked manipulation of due process to its benefit and at the expense of the entire system.
“Weaning it from this bad modus operandi has proven difficult if not impossible. Every time the PDP loses in Court, it declares the decision suspect and our democracy on life support.
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