The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed shock over the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 Kogi state governorship election.
The party, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said though it accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court, as the apex court in the land, the judgment fell short of the expectation of the majority of the people of Kogi state and Nigerians in general, who collectively looked up to the court to remedy the manifest injustices, manipulations, violence and killings that marred the election.
“Indeed, the judgment had not inspired hope in our national quest to ensure that our elections are violence-free as well as deter unpatriotic individuals who resort to violence and killing to gain access to power, as heavily witnessed in the Kogi election.
“However, as a law-abiding party, we call on the people of Kogi state and Nigerians at large, to remain calm, yet undeterred in their quest for the entrenchment of credible electoral process in our country.
“Our party deeply mourns all those who were gruesomely murdered as well as commiserates with all victims of the violence that was unleashed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2019 Kogi governorship election,” PDP said.
The party also commended the resilience of the people of Kogi state in pursuing the recovery of their mandate to the very end, adding that such commitment was a demonstration of the undying determination of the people to defend their choice of leadership to the end.
“Our party will continue to stand with the people of Kogi state as they weather the insensitive and anti-people government in Kogi state.
“We charge the people not to allow the judgment make them lose hope in our nation but rather remain united in their commitment, as good citizens, toward entrenching democratic values in our country despite the odds,” the party added.