By Olugbenga Salami
Peter Obi Global Diaspora Support Network, POGDSN, has rejected the entirety of the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, which affirmed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the February 25, 2023 presidential election.
The group, in a statement signed by its convener, Prof. Pat Obiefule expressed shocked over the judgement, saying that the decision of the justices did not reflect the position of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It, therefore, vowed to reclaim the mandate of presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi at the Supreme Court.
The statement reads: “We, the Peter Obi Global Diaspora Support Network, POGDSN, hereby reject, in the strongest possible term, the entirety of the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT on the petition CA/PEPC/03/2023 filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Obi, challenging the selection of Bola Ahmed Tinubu by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“POGDSN is absolutely shocked, discontented, and dismayed by the PEPT’s judgment as it amounts to a total abdication of power to the executive arm of government in a manner indicative of state capture, and does not reflect the independence of the judiciary as envisaged by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“POGDSN strongly condemns this judgment in its entirety as an attempt to legitimize the imposed presidency of Bola Ahmed Tinubu; dash the hope of the ordinary and long-suffering Nigerians for a new nation anchored on the principles of justice, equity and fairness; and grossly undermine the moral and ethical standard of the larger society.
“It is indeed a sad day for democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria! However, we remain resolute in our commitment to ensuring that the supremacy of the Constitution is upheld, and in particular, to reclaiming the people’s mandate freely and lawfully given to Mr. Peter Gregory Obi by Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country during the February 25, 2023 presidential election.”