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PDP accuses presidential tribunal of ‘tampering’ with copy of its ruling, delaying S’Court appeal

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is intentionally delaying the release of the record of its judgement against Its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The party in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, claimed that the alleged delay was a calculated attempt by the tribunal to frustrate its plan to appeal at the Supreme Court.

Ologbodiyan also stressed that the alleged delay is lending credence to suspicion in the public space that the judgment is being tampered with and altered.

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He said; “It is instructive to state that the Court of Appeal is aware that our party and candidate have mandatory 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, yet it is delaying in releasing a judgment that was read for nine hours and which it wants the public to believe it actually wrote.

“Our party fears that this development is lending credence to suspicion in the public space that the judgment is being tampered with and altered, in the name of correcting errors, knowing that there is no way the verdicts can stand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court.

“We also hope there is no link between the circumstances surrounding this delay and the boasts by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, speaking for the Buhari Presidency, as well as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that justice will not be served to the PDP and our Presidential candidate at the Supreme Court,” he added.

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