PDP kicks against Tribunal verdict in Taraba State

It stated that the judgment further exposed the contradictions and double standards inherent in most tribunal rulings against PDP’s interest recently.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged its members across the country, especially in Taraba, to remain undaunted as the appellate court would restore its well-deserved victory.

The call is contained in a statement signed by Chief Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the party on Saturday in Abuja.

The party, however, kicked against the judgment by Taraba Gubernatorial Election Tribunal judgment in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan.

PDP described the judgment as ``another evidence of executive interference in the judiciary.’’

The party said the reason given by the tribunal for arriving at the ``bizarre decision’’ was intriguing.

"It is rather curious and an irony that the Taraba tribunal sitting in Abuja, on security grounds, faulted the conduct of PDP primaries shifted to the same Abuja on security reasons”, the party said.

PDP stated that if the tribunal faulted the party’s primaries as basis for its decision, it then meant that no APC gubernatorial candidate could stand the test of the primaries.

"This is so as APC never had acceptable primaries in any of their states.’’

PDP stated that it was totally confounded by the brazing ``show of power by the executive.’’

It warned that the development clearly portends grave danger to the country’s democracy and indeed national cohesion and development.

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