The recent judgments of the Court of Appeal nullifying the elections of Plateau State lawmakers based on pre-election matters have raised deep concern among the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum.
The Forum is troubled by the fact that these pre-election issues were already addressed by the Supreme Court, which had established a precedent. Despite this, PDP candidates in Plateau State were disqualified on the same grounds.
During a press briefing held at Oyo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Muhammad, expressed the Forum’s concerns and called on the judiciary at the highest level to preserve the integrity of the legal system and prevent the distortion of the country’s jurisprudence.
It should be noted that the Court of Appeal in Abuja recently overturned the elections of three National Assembly members from the PDP, citing their invalid nomination by the party.
Governor Muhammad reiterated the Forum’s confidence in the judiciary’s ability to administer justice in political and other court cases.
In regards to the Supreme Court’s judgment on the 2023 presidential election, the Chairman stated that it marks the conclusion of the presidential election cycle and emphasized the need to put an end to litigations.
“We pledge this Forum’s commitment to reposition and strengthen the PDP as a formidable opposition political party that is ready to fulfill its role as the advocate for the Nigerian people in the pursuit of democracy, good governance, and accountability,” added Governor Muhammad.
Addressing the national economy, the PDP Governors appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in stabilizing the Naira, controlling inflation, tackling the unemployment crisis, and providing relief to Nigerians.
Notable attendees at the meeting included Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State (Vice Chairman of the Forum), Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State, Deputy Governor Ifeanyi Ossai of Enugu State, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Governor Kefas Agbu of Taraba State, and Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State.
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