The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the presidency of manipulating Saturday’s judgment of the Taraba state governorship election petition tribunal in favour of Aisha Alhassan, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The tribunal nullified the victory of Gov. Darius Ishaku and unlike other tribunals which ordered fresh elections, the Taraba tribunal ordered that Aisha Alhassan be sworn in as governor.
“The ruling of the tribunal brought to the fore the organised plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC federal government to deploy all unorthodox means to decimate the opposition,” said the PDP in a statement signed on Saturday by its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh.
Metuh described as “curious and a great conflict of irony” the fact that the Taraba tribunal sitting in Abuja on security grounds faulted the conduct of PDP primaries shifted to Abuja on security reasons.
According to the PDP, if the tribunal was basing its decision on the party’s primaries, “it then means that no APC governorship candidate could stand the test, as their party never had acceptable primaries in any of their states.”
“Evidence that Taraba ruling was a product of presidency manipulation can be deduced from the fact that few hours before the judgment was delivered, the APC had arrogantly announced their victory on the new media”, the statement said.
“The PDP is totally confounded by the brazen show of power by the executive and warns that the development clearly portends grave danger to our democracy and indeed national cohesion and development.”
Finally, the party called on its members across the country, especially in Taraba state, to remain undaunted as the appellate courts will restore its well-deserved victory.”