Audu, Sylva a mock­ery of an­ticor­rup­tion war - PDP

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has said that the de­ci­sion of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) to con­sider Prince Abubakar Audu and Timipre Sylva as its gov­er­nor­ship can­di­dates in Kogi and Bayelsa states is a mock­ery of the an­ticor­rup­tion war.

The party said the de­ci­sion to field the two for­mer gover­nors, who faced graft probes, meant that the APCled fed­eral gov­ern­ment was not se­ri­ous about the an­ticor­rup­tion war.

The PDP, in a state­ment yesterday by its na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Chief Olisa Me­tuh, noted that the two APC can­di­dates still had cases with the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC).

The party said

it was ‘shame­ful’ for the rul­ing party to field can­di­dates fac­ing cor­rup­tion charges.

“Ev­i­dently, the APC has clearly es­tab­lished it­self as a party en­meshed and thriv­ing in cor­rup­tion, even as it tries to hood­wink the public into be­liev­ing that it is on a mis­sion to fight graft in the coun­try, a con­tra­dic­tion we urge all Nige­ri­ans to take co­pi­ous note of,” the PDP added. The Na­tional and State As­sem­blies Elec­tions Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal sit­ting in Lafia, yesterday, dis­missed the pe­ti­tion of a for­mer law­maker, Sen­a­tor Suleiman Adokwe for lack of merit.

The tri­bunal, there­fore, up­held the elec­tion of Mr Sal­ihu Egyeg­bola of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) rep­re­sent­ing Nasarawa South Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

The tri­bunal, in a judg­ment de­liv­ered amidst tight se­cu­rity, said the pe­ti­tioner failed to prove his case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

The chair­man of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice Peter Obiora, said that the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) was right in re­ject­ing the re­sults in some polling units in Ag­watashi ward for over-vot­ing.

The tri­bunal ac­cepted the elec­tion re­sults from six out of the 14 polling units in Ag­watashi ward.

Jus­tice Obiora, who con­firmed that the elec­tion was con­ducted peace­fully in Ag­watashi ward, stated that though some ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were no­ticed in few polling units, it did not in­val­i­date the over­all re­sult of the elec­tion.

He held that Sen­a­tor Egyeg­bola polled a to­tal of 96,307 votes, while Sen­a­tor Adokwe scored 92,485, as against, 95,760 and 91,981 votes an­nounced by INEC.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view, coun­sel to Adokwe, Mr Is­rael Us­man, said that they would study the cer­ti­fied true copy of the judg­ment and ad­vise his client on the way for­ward.

Mr David Ayewa, an aide of the sen­a­tor, ex­pressed hap­pi­ness over the judg­ment, say­ing it was vic­tory for democ­racy and the rule of law.

Dr Musa Babayo

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