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PDP and Labour Party Shopping for Court Orders to Stop Announcement of  Presidential Election Results, Says Festus Keyamo

He warned that the June 12, 1993 debacle that brought Nigeria to its knees and caused the country international isolation was precipitated by a court injunction.

The All Progressive Congress affirmed that the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party have perfected plans to finally scuttle Nigeria’s democracy and throw the country into constitutional crises by obtaining exparte court orders stopping the announcement of the Presidential Election results which they fear have gone against them.

In a statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, he stated that the walk-out the PDP and Labour Party staged on Monday at the National Collation Center is just a precursor to executing the plan.

He reminded Nigerians that the June 12, 1993 debacle that brought Nigeria to its knees and caused the country international isolation was precipitated by a court injunction stopping the announcement of Presidential Election results in which the court order was obtained by a certain Association for Better Nigeria headed then by one Chief Authur Nzeribe. 

Keyamo further stressed that this exactly is what Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi  “want to foist on this nation again because of their inordinate ambitions.”

 He expressed how surprised he is because both candidates were nowhere to be seen when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu “was fighting for the democracy we all enjoy today.”

Consequently, Keyamo said he wanted to draw the attention of Nigerians, the judiciary and the world to the provisions of section 84 (15) of the Electoral Act which prohibits the grant of injunctions to stop the holding of elections (which includes the declaration of results). The section states:

“Nothing in this section shall empower the courts to stop the holding of primaries or general elections under this Act pending the determination of a suit.

“This has prompted their instructions to their campaign organizations, especially their spokespersons to continue to issue statements, making false claims of ‘victory’ when there is no single scientific basis for such claims. 

“For instance, as outlandish as some of their claims of manipulation are, they have not pointed at one single presidential election result in any single unit in the whole country where they scored a particular figure with a result sheet duly signed by their agent that was subsequently changed at a Collation Centre. 

“All we hear are sound bites of their spokespersons, huffing and puffing about winning the election just to whip up public sentiments to prepare the ground to reject the results when they are eventually released by INEC,” he claimed.

Keyamo said for the APC,  their position is very simple and straight forward: they wish to allow the legal process of declaring presidential election results to take place peacefully and in an orderly fashion.

He reiterated that Tinubu is not desperate, but is very confident of victory.

Keyamo thereafter adviced anyone who wishes to aid and encourage these candidates along this infamous part to remember the June 12 debacle. 

“They may also wish to learn a lesson or two from President Muhammadu Buhari who resorted to the court of law in 2003, 2007 and 2011 when same PDP ‘defeated’ him in those presidential elections in controversial circumstances. 

“President Buhari, as a true statesman and democrat, never resorted to underhand tactics to declare himself President.”

By Mosunmola Ogi-olu