The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has described the judgment of the Kogi State Election Tribunal which upheld the election of Governor Yahaya Bello, as an alarming miscarriage of justice.
Affairs TV had reported that the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, in a two to one judgment on Saturday affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as the duly elected governor of Kogi state.
The three-man panel of Justices headed by Justice Kashim G. Kaigama, in its majority judgment in the petition, marked EPT/KG/GOV/06/2019 yesterday held that the petitioners failed to prove their allegation of over voting beyond reasonable doubt as required by law.
The Tribunal, in the majority Judgment, ordered the petitioners to pay the sum of N500, 000 to the second and third respondents in the petition.
Reacting PDP in a statement on Saturday insisted that its candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, won the November 2019 Kogi State governorship election.
The party maintained that it will never relent until it reclaims the mandate at the Appeal Court.
PDP further commended Justice Ohimai for his fearlessness in upholding the truth and showing that there is hope in the institution of the judiciary.
The party expressed hope that the truth will be established by the Appeal Court.
The statement reads, “The @OfficialPDPNig expresses shock that despite the overwhelming evidence before the tribunal, proving that Governor Yahaya Bello did not win the election, justice was thwarted to the disappointment of the people of Kogi State and generality of Nigerians
“Infact, the lull and despondency that have enveloped Kogi State since the tribunal’s flawed verdict is an indication that the judgment failed to uphold justice in the genuine aspiration of the people of Kogi State in the election.
“The fact remains that the evidence is clear that our candidate is the genuine choice of the people and our party is confident that the Court of Appeal will uphold justice in this matter.
“Our party is confident that the Appeal Court will address the substance of the case, which the tribunal overlooked in rendering its defective judgment.