BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 Kogi State governorship election.
The PDP said that even though it accepts the verdict of the Supreme Court, as the apex court in the land, the judgment however fell short of the expectation of the majority of the people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general, who collectively looked up to the court to remedy the manifest injustices, manipulations, violence and killings that marred the election.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that the judgment did not inspired hope in the national quest to ensure that elections are violent-free as well as deter unpatriotic individuals who resort to violence and killing to gain access to power, as heavily witnessed in the Kogi election.
According to the PDP; “However, as a law-abiding party, we call on the people of Kogi state and Nigerians at large, to remain calm, yet undeterred in their quest for the entrenchment of credible electoral process in our country.
“Our party deeply mourns all those who were gruesomely murdered as well as commiserates with all victims of the violence that was unleashed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2019 Kogi governorship election”.
The PDP commended the resilience of the people of Kogi state in pursuing the recovery of their mandate to the very end, adding that such commitment is a demonstration of the undying determination of the people to defend their choice of leadership to the end.
The party assured that it will continue to stand with the people of Kogi state as they weather the insensitive and anti-people government in Kogi state.
It charged the people not to allow the judgment make them lose hope in the nation but rather remain united in their commitment, as good citizens, toward entrenching democratic values in the country despite the odds.