Chris Steven, Abuja
Reactions have continued to trail the verdict of Taraba Governorship Tribunal which sacked Governor Darius Ishaku as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the judgment in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Hajia Aisha Jummai Alhassan, as product of Presidency manipulation.
The opposition party also described the judgment as another evidence of Executive interference in the Judiciary.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh further said the ruling was an organised plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC federal government to deploy all unorthodox means to decimate the opposition.
PDP said that the reason given by the tribunal for arriving at the bizarre decision was intriguing and further exposes the contradictions
and double standards inherent in most tribunal rulings against PDP
“It is rather curious and a great conflict of irony that the Taraba
tribunal sitting in Abuja on security grounds faulted the conduct of PDP
primaries shifted to the same Abuja on security reasons,” the party
The PDP said if the tribunal was faulting the party primaries as basis for its decision, it then means that no APC gubernatorial candidate can
stand the test, as their party never had acceptable primaries in any of their states.
“The PDP wants democracy watchers globally to recall that it had earlier
alerted the nation and the international community of the grand design
by the APC to use the judiciary to wrestle some PDP states, particularly
Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Taraba 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,” it said.
PDP said it was totally confounded by the brazing show of power by the executive and warned that the development clearly portends grave danger to our democracy and indeed national cohesion and development.
PDP however called on its members across the country, especially in
Taraba state to remain undaunted as the appellate courts will restore its well-deserved victory.