Taraba Tribunal: APC ridicules PDP’s version of events

By Amako Nneji November 9, 2015 10:22

Taraba Tribunal: APC ridicules PDP’s version of events

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has described Saturday’s judgment of the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as an indication that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has started harvesting what it sowed in its years of “impunity and recklessness.”

A statement issued on Sunday, November 8, by the ruling party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the PDP was essentially getting what it deserved.

The Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Saturday, November 9 declared Aisha Alhassan, APC, winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship poll.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Musa Abubakar declared that Darius Ishaku’s election contravened the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Tribunal concluded that Ishaku did not hold a proper primary election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ordered that Alhassan be immediately sworn in as the Governor of Taraba State.

See: Tribunal sacks Taraba Governor, declares Buhari Minister winner

Post Nigeria reported that the violent fallout from the verdict had led to several lives lost in violent clashes.

The PDP has since rejected the Tribunal verdict while vowing to appeal the judgment.

See:  Tribunal Result: Casualties increase following Taraba clashes

According to Mohammed, “it is a matter of time for the party to come to grief, first by tumbling from the pinnacle of power and now by losing, incrementally, whatever remains of its crumbled empire.”

The statement added that the PDP was only trifling by attributing the judgment to a supposed manipulation from the Presidency.

“If the PDP is not blaming the judiciary, its favourite whipping boy, it is blaming the APC, the Presidency or even Nigerians for its plight, warning it to stop shifting responsibility.

“PDP should leave the judiciary, the Presidency and the APC alone and accept responsibility for its actions.

“It is thus clear that the election result in Taraba was not annulled for any other reason, but the impunity and recklessness that permeated the life and times of the cadaverous PDP.”

The APC also stressed that it was not the first time the court had ruled against the PDP in such a manner.

“The first landmark judgment came from the Supreme Court when it ruled against PDP’s impunity in 2007 and ordered that Rotimi Amaechi be installed as Governor of Rivers instead of Celestine Omehia who was illegally imposed,” it said.

The party further maintained that the Supreme Court had also ruled against the PDP in the case of Ifeanyi Ararume, when the party took his mandate as validly elected Governorship candidate and handed it over to another aspirant.

“It is instructive to note that these judgments took place while the PDP was in control of the Presidency. The opposition parties then never questioned the integrity of the judiciary by making wild and weighty allegations as the PDP are doing now.

“For instance, if all political parties, including the APC which was then in opposition, could hold their primaries in the state, why would the PDP that was in control of the State Government come down to Abuja for its primaries against the provisions of the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution?

“The irony was that whereas the PDP claimed the primaries where shifted to Abuja because the capitals of Taraba, Borno and Adamawa States where not safe for primary elections, the PDP held Presidential campaigns in the same capitals of the affected states (Jalingo; Taraba State, Maiduguri;Borno State and Yola; Adamawa State).

“Now that the PDP’s chicken has come home to roost, the party must be courageous enough to accept full responsibility and stop seeing enemies everywhere. The PDP is its own enemy”.