Presidential Poll: PDP Speaks On Withdrawing Petition Challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it has not withdrawn the petition challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu as president-elect.

PDP spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Thursday said there were reports alleging that the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, withdrew a petition against the All Progressives Congress, APC, Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Atiku Abubakar

Ologunagba state that Abubakar and the PDP withdrew the application to inspect all the sensitive materials used by INEC in the elections, not the petition challenging Tinubu’s declaration.

He said the party and its presidential candidate withdrew the suite to inspect electoral materials because the candidate’s lawyers were given access to the election documents, clarifying that there was no need to continue with the case.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to the mischievous report claiming that the PDP and its Abubakar have withdrawn the petition filed against the INEC, APC, and Tinubu at the Presidential Election Tribunal.

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“The said report is false and a reprehensible fabrication by the mendacious APC which is disconcerted by the overwhelming evidence against it and our tenacity to reclaim the mandate freely given to the PDP and by Nigerians on February 25, 2023.

“The PDP states in clear terms that our Party and Abubakar did not withdraw our petition against INEC, APC, and Tinubu at the Presidential Election Tribunal.“

Recall that the PDP and Abubakar had secured the tribunal’s leave to have access to all the sensitive materials used by INEC in the elections.  

But Abubakar and the PDP filed a new motion ex-parte, marked: CA/PEC/10M/2023 alleging that INEC refused to grant them access to monitor the sorting of ballot papers. However, Abubakar’s counsel, Kyari Gadzama, while speaking when the case was called for hearing on Wednesday told the court that he had filed a notice of discontinuance.  

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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