Only facts, Conscience Protects Mandates
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State, strongly condemns the recent statement credited to the All Progressives Congress (APC) national Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in which he asserted that the APC would defend the mandate of Governor Sule after the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal nullified his election recently. This statement will not only undermine the sanctity of our democratic processes but also reveals Ganduje’s blatant disregard for the rule of law and the will of the people.
Ganduje made the statement through the APC Vice Chairman (North Central), Alhaji Muazu Rijau, at an event in Lafia over the weekend.
The PDP reiterates that the verdict of the Election Tribunal must be respected, as it is a fundamental component of our democratic system. The Nigerian people deserve the right to elect their leaders freely and have confidence in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
Governor Sule’s election was nullified by the Tribunal based on facts before it. Similarly, it is within Engr Sule’s rights to challenge this decision through legal means only and on other ways. However, it is essential for all parties to respect the rule of law and due process while the legal proceedings are ongoing.
Mr. Ganduje’s statement does nothing but incite political tensions and undermine the very principles upon which our democracy stands.
The PDP calls on all political leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, to refrain from making inflammatory statements that could disrupt the peace and stability of our great nation.
Let us remind Ganduje that democracy is law-governed and that there is nowhere in our laws that allows political parties to resort to self-help other than the judiciary in the event of political disputes. Therefore, Freudian slip by Ganduje has actually exposed his machinations ahead of the planned appeal by AA Sule.
We urge the APC Chairman and all members of the APC in Nasarawa State to reconsider their position, respect the decision of the Election Tribunal, and allow the legal process to run its course. In doing so, we uphold the principles of democracy and ensure that the will of the people is upheld.
The PDP remains committed to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law, and the protection of the rights of all Nigerians. We call on all stakeholders to work together to strengthen our democratic institutions and maintain peace and order in our beloved nation.
State Public Relations Officer
PDP Nasarawa State Chapter