BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from its 87th meeting on Friday saying it would through all available constitutional and legitimate means, including civil disobedience, insist that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government must respect the rule of law and desist from influencing the judiciary, INEC and security agencies.

The PDP said that having witnessed the destruction of democratic values, ethos and principles; consistent breach of the 1999 constitution (as amended), it resolved to protect and defend democracy and its institutions in the country.

This is just as the PDP NEC totally condemned what it described as “the utter desecration” of judicial tenets and values, climaxing in the national embarrassment of the Supreme Court’s manufacturing of votes and donating same to the APC and its candidate, Hope Uzodimma, thereby robbing the people of Imo state, of the mandate freely given to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as their governor.

These were contained in a communique issued at the end of the NEC meeting of the PDP in which it also declared that it rejects the destructions of the nation’s democratic institutions and values especially the independence of the legislature, the politicization of the judiciary and the compromising of security and electoral institutions.

The PDP specifically noted with pains, what it also described as “the gross abuse” of the rule of law, the muzzling of the civil society and advocates of free speech as well as ordinary Nigerians.

The communique further states; “The PDP observes that this calculated injustice perpetuated by the Supreme Court has proven that the judiciary under Justice Tanko Mohammed is no longer the last hope of the common man but rather the LOST HOPE of the common man in Nigeria.

“The Supreme Court by its judicial summersault has eroded the faith and confidence, which Nigerians have in participatory election thereby showcasing that there will be no need for election in the future.

“The PDP stands with the people of Imo state and Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in all steps being taken to reverse this injustice and reclaim the governorship mandate stolen through the Supreme Court.

“The PDP will not allow the judiciary, security agencies and other institutions of governance to become departments of the APC,” the PDP NEC communique states.

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