The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the ruling of the Supreme Court; upholding the elections of Governors Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Darius Ishaku of Taraba.
The party gave the commendation in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday, January 8, in Abuja.
In the case of Delta State, the apex court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze held that the appellant; Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to prove the allegations of over-voting.
According to the judge, Ogboru wasted the precious time of the apex court with his appeal.
On Governor Ishaku’s matter, the Supreme Court, in a judgment delivered by Justice Ejembi Ekwo; unanimously held that the counsel to the APC admitted that the party had no candidate in the election; and therefore has no locus standi to contest the governor’s election.
The judge added that the appellant conceded the fact and went ahead to suggest; that the apex court should allow one professor to step into the shoes of the disqualified candidate.
Ologbondiyan said that the ruling was an inevitable validation of the wishes and aspiration of the people as expressed in the March 2019 governorship elections in the respective states.
“The PDP observes that the ruling of the apex court is a victory for democracy; and the triumph of the people over forces that sought to forcefully take over control of their states,” he said.
Ologbondiyan urged the PDP governors to continue in their qualitative governance; for which the people overwhelmingly re-elected them.
He also advised the governors to continue in their commitment to programmes; that were geared towards empowering the people and reducing the level of poverty in the country.
Ologbondiyan added that Nigerians were also looking up to them for direction in their overall effort to move the nation forward.