The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was declared the winner of the February 25 election, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday urged the judiciary to uphold its constitutional obligations in the petitions contesting that outcome.
At a press conference in Abuja, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, revealed the decision.
He encouraged the judiciary to protect itself from a rumored scheme that would prevent it from independently carrying out its constitutional responsibilities with regard to the presidential election petitions before the tribunal.
Ologunagba asserted that there was a scheme to sway the tribunal hearing petitions on the presidential election.
He stated that there were claims in the public domain that certain political figures were attempting to influence the judiciary through orchestrating massive cash inducements.
He added that there were allegations in the public space of attempts by certain political leaders to compromise the judiciary with heavy financial inducement and orchestrate trumped-up charges of impropriety against judicial officers.
“The only way to guarantee peace, unity, and stability of our nation is to uphold the will of the people as expressed at the polling units in the February 25, 2023, presidential election.
“The PDP is confident in the ability of the judiciary to discharge its constitutional duties in this regard independently,”
He advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against steps to hinder the ability of the tribunal to dispense justice in the matter in accordance with the law.
The PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are challenging the outcome of the election over alleged irregularities and non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022.