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TRIBUNAL JUDGMENT: PDP asks Lai if his degree was awarded to him after presenting affidavit and class picture



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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to delay celebrating the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, adding such maybe short-lived.

The opposition party gave the advice on Thursday in response to Mohammed’s comments at St Petersburg, Russia, asking the PDP and its presidential candidate in 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, to apologise to Nigerians for “willfully distracting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari with a frivolous election petition.”

In a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the judgment, which, it said was a direct miscarriage of justice, could not stand at the Supreme Court, given the weight of evidence against Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said: “The PDP notes that those celebrating this attempt to corrupt our justice system as well as the brazen approval of a clear case of perjury are directly telling Nigerians something about their conscience and character.

“Our party is not surprised that Lai Mohammed, speaking for the Buhari administration, came short of calling for the arrest and prosecution of opposition members for coming before the Appeal Court a situation which exposed their belief that they own the court and can determine the position of the judiciary on any matter.

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“Notwithstanding, the PDP holds that Nigerians have seen the “several errors” in the judgment delivered by the Appeal Court and have turned the verdict to a butt of jokes in public space.”

Ologbondiyan also challenged Mohammed to tell Nigerians if his Law Degree was awarded to him on the basis of a sworn affidavit and pictures of his classmates; or if his call to Bar at the Nigerian Law School also based on presentation of pictures and affidavit?

He said: “In fact, if anything, the unguarded outburst of the Minister of Information has heightened apprehension among Nigerians about recurrent manipulations of process by the APC and the Buhari Presidency.

“This is more the reason the PDP stands with Nigerians in heading to the Supreme Court to uphold justice in the matter and salvage our nation from this drift towards impunity, anarchy and lawlessness.

“In the meantime, the PDP counsels Lai Mohammed to redeem his image by offering explanations to Nigerians on his alleged role in the N2.5bn National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fraud before casting aspersion on others.”

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