PDP cries out over apex court’s decision to reserve judgment


THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over the decision of the Supreme Court to reserve judgment in the Zamfara State governorship election review case.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) had approached the apex court for the second time, praying the court to overturn its earlier judgment that voided the party’s victory in all state elections and awarded same to the PDP.

At the hearing yesterday, the apex court reserved judgment in the case, a development that has triggered apprehension in the main opposition party.

At an emergency media briefing late yesterday, spokesman for the PDP Kola Ologbondiyan alerted of “another plot by the APC to once again manipulate the judicial process and secure judgment through the back door.”

He said: “Nigerians will recall that the Supreme Court had consistently decided on the finality of judgments reached at the court. As such, all issues bordering on review were never reserved for judgment because of its belief in the infallibility of its own judgment.

“Our party is concerned that the surprising decision to reserve this judgment is not in tandem with the established practice of the highest court, which was reaffirmed in its judgments on the Bayelsa and Imo state governorship elections, where it dismissed the applications for review on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction to review its own judgment.”

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