Following a caucus meeting which took place on Monday, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed its intention to petition the United Nations (UN), over the heavy militarization, and the role of the military in the presidential and National Assembly elections which took place on February 23.
Below are four takeaways, based on a briefing by the national spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan.
- The PDP will petition the United Nations over the militarisation of the election. “The caucus noted the role of the military in the February 23 election and resolved that we will report the action of the military through a petition to UN as well as other global democratic institutions on the role of our military in the Feb 23 election,” he said.
- No going back on contesting the presidential elections, no matter what. “Caucus further raised issues about the harassment, intimidation and cajoling of our members on the plot by the presidency as well as All Progress Congress, APC to intimidate former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the resolve of the PDP to go to court by insisting, blackmailing and saying that he should not go to court. We insist that our party and our candidate have resolved to seek legal redress on the stolen mandate.”
- The petition will be filed this week: “Nothing will make us waver in the pursuit of justice. The decision to go to court has been finalized and the process has began. We will file our petition today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday). No matter what anyone will do or what the APC will say, we will seek justice to the highest court of the land.”
- Appeal the ruling of a Kano court on its Kano governorship candidate: On the ongoing crisis surrounding PDP’s participation in the governorship race in Kano state, he said, “The party also resolved to appeal the judgment of the Federal High court sitting in Kano which nullified the candidacy of the PDP governorship flag bearer, Abba Yusuf.”
- The party further decried the “militarization of the South-South and the rigging which the APC is plotting ahead of the election,” even as it urged Nigerians to come out enmasse and participate in the governorship elections.