The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Plateau State has filed a case with Justice Kayode Ariwola, Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, about the rulings made by the Justice Mohammed Tukur-led National Assembly Election Petitions tribunal sitting in Jos.
The party charged the panel’s three justices with deliberate injustice and collusion to oust its elected representatives from the legislative bodies.
The electoral court To help the tribunal deal with the volume of petitions resulting from the February 25 and March 18, 2023 general elections, Plateau was divided into two, one led by Justice Tukur and the other by Justice Rotimi Williams.
While Tukur’s decisions were all against the PDP, the Williams-led tribunal had been friendly to the party.
Whether PDP had legal mechanisms that would have allowed the party to sponsor candidates in the election was at the heart of their evaluations.
Tukur had claimed in every decision that the party lacked organisation and had no right to support any candidates, but Justice Williams disagreed.
However, the party claimed bias on the part of the Tukur-led tribunal in the petition titled “Petitions against Justice B. M. Tukur, Hon Justice Omeka Elekwa, and Hon Justice O. A. Adetunjoye for deliberate perversion of justice and conspiracy to remove candidates of our party elected into parliament.”
“The undersigned are the chairman and secretary, respectively, of the plateau state chapter of the PDP and we bring this petition on behalf of the plateau state chapter of the PDP,” said the statement signed by the State Chairman, Mr. Chris Hassan, and Secretary, John Alan.
In Nigeria’s national and state assembly elections, which were held on February 25 and March 18, 2023, respectively, “Our party, the PDP, sponsored candidates to various parliamentary positions.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s results, our party won two out of three senate seats, four out of six house of representatives seats, and fifteen out of twenty-four house of assembly positions.
People and parties that disagreed with our party’s victory in the election petitioned the national and state assembly election tribunal on the grounds that the party did not receive a majority of the valid votes cast in the election and that the ward congress order issued by Justice S. P. Gang of the Plateau State High Court on November 26, 2020 was not followed.
The petitioners’ argument was rejected by the second tribunal, shocking the party because Justice Tukur and his brother justices had found substance in the petitions.
Sunday Sun gathered that the tribunal had so upturned one out of the two senatorial seats won by PDP, all the four members of the House of Representatives and six out of the 15 seats won by PDP in the State House of Assembly