The Peoples Democratic Party has debunked reports that the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, withdraw the petition filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission and President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and All Progressives Congress at the Presidential Election Tribunal.
KOKO TV reports that PDP and Atiku withdrew a fresh application they filed to compel the INEC to allow their agents to participate in the process of sorting out ballot papers that were used for the February 25 presidential election.
But in a statement on Thursday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP insisted that it did not withdraw any petition against INEC, APC and Tinubu.
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The statement read, “The said report is false and a reprehensible fabrication by the mendacious APC which is disconcerted by the overwhelming evidence against it and our tenacity to reclaim the mandate freely given to the PDP and Atiku Abubakar by Nigerians on February 25, 2023.
“The PDP states in clear terms that our party and Atiku Abubakar did not withdraw our petition against INEC, APC and Tinubu at the Presidential Election Tribunal. However, to set the record straight and for the benefit of our teeming members, supporters, and the general public, the PDP clarifies as follows;
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“On Monday, March 13, 2023, the legal team of Atiku Abubakar led by J.K Gadzama, SAN was in court to move a Motion Exparte accompanied by an Affidavit of Urgency (CA/PEC/12M/2023), seeking orders directing INEC to allow us observe/participate in the process of sorting out the ballot papers used for the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives elections conducted on February 25, 2023 across the country.”
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