- PDP heads to appeal court
The Peoples Democratic Party has cautioned the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed does not celebrate the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as the party head to Supreme court.
The party in a statement signed on Thursday by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan.
The party noted that those celebrating the attempt to corrupt the justice system as well as the brazen approval of the clear case of perjury are directly telling Nigerians about something about their conscience and character.
Lai Mohammed had mocked the PDP after losing to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential tribunal on Wednesday.
The Minister asked PDP to apologise to Nigerians for hacking into Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server, describing it as a criminal offence.
He said: ”It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained by hacking into a supposed INEC server.
“Don’t they realize this is a criminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to head to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning. Enough is enough.”
Reacting, PDP said “Our party is not surprised that Lai Mohammed, speaking for the Buhari administration, came short of calling for the arrest and prosecution of opposition members for coming before the Appeal Court a situation which exposed their belief that they own the court and can determine the position of the judiciary on any matter.
“Notwithstanding, the PDP holds that Nigerians have seen the “several errors” in the judgment delivered by the Appeal Court and have turned the verdict to a butt of jokes in public space.”
The PDP dare Lai Mohammed to “tell Nigerians if his Law Degree was awarded to him on the basis of a sworn affidavit and pictures of his classmates; or was his Call to Bar at the Nigerian Law School also based on the presentation of pictures and affidavit?
“In fact, if anything, the unguarded outburst of the Minister of Information has heightened apprehension among Nigerians about recurrent manipulations of the process by the APC and the Buhari Presidency.
“This is more the reason the PDP stands with Nigerians in heading to the Supreme Court to uphold justice in the matter and salvage our nation from this drift towards impunity, anarchy and lawlessness.”
The party cautioned the Information minister to redeem his image by offering explanations to Nigerians on his alleged role in the N2.5 billion National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fraud before casting aspersion on others.