PDP Berates APC Chairman For Raising False Alarm
The Akwa Ibom Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described a recent press statement by the APC state chairman, Ini Okopido, as lacking in fact and foundation.
Reacting to the said press statement, the PDP through its publicity secretary, Comrade Ini Ememobong, said the press release by the APC is a pointer to the fact that the party is on a downward spiral.
In his words, “There are different laws enacted for the adjudication of these matters before the tribunal, which must be followed stricto sensu and failure to do so usually attracts consequences. In Amaechi v. INEC, the Court of Appeal held inter alia that failure to comply with procedural steps, which ordinarily could be waived in a civil matter, will be fatal to the petition.”
The APC in the state had through its chairman, Okopido, recently accused the husband of the chairman of the tribunal overseeing the National and State Assembly elections tribunal of being a card carrying member of the PDP.
Ememobong during a press briefing at the PDP secretariat in Uyo, on Monday dismissed the allegations saying that there is no evidence to suggest that the husband of the chairman of the tribunal is a card carrying member of the PDP.
According to him, “That he was appointed SSG in Benue does not infer and cannot be construed to mean that he is a member of the PDP. Membership of a political party is a process and documents exist in witness of same.”
The PDP spokesman said “The APC cannot seek to rely on the Bulkachuwa scenario in making its ill-intentioned application because the two scenarios can be clearly distinguished.
My Lord the PCA, Bulkachuwa posted ‘himself’ to the panel conscious of the existing political relationship between one of the parties (the Respondent) and his family. In this case, the tribunal chairman was posted by the PCA here, without any contribution or influence by the judge,” adding, “recall that in the PCA’s case, personal relationships in addition to partisan ties between the parties were clearly brought to the fore. In the instant case, there is no proof of personal relationship between the parties before the tribunal and the chairman of the tribunal, except the inchoate allegation that her spouse is a member of the PDP.”
Reacting to a post on social media wherein the APC reportedly based its allegations on, the state PDP publicity secretary described the said post as illusionary and laughable.
“The reliance on the illusionary social media post by an imaginary son of the judge is most laughable as we are all aware that in this age and time, mere name similarity is not a conclusive proof of biological relationship. There are suspicions that the APC is behind that post in their usual scenario creation tactics,” he said.
The PDP spokesman urged the APC to be more circumspect in reacting to issues, stating that their recent “rants and shouts is becoming very glaring that the fear of the unfolding reality of the judicial confirmation of their woeful electoral loss is getting to them and they are terribly mortified.”
The PDP publicity secretary noted that the APC’s posturing is as a result of the consciousness that the entire country will laugh at their earlier “loud mouthed boasts of delivering Akwa Ibom to the APC.”
He recalled the previous attempts of the APC at preventing the panels from sitting in Akwa Ibom and later seeking to relocate them.
In his words, “Having failed in those moves, they have changed gears and are asking for substitution of the chairman of the panel so as to intimidate the other remaining judges that if they don’t do their (APC) bidding, they will push for their change. The said judge is their test case and they are ready to commit resources and energy to this futile attempt. This panic reaction will only worsen their already battered public image,” he noted.
Comrade Ememobong called on the general public to discountenance the alarm raised by the APC. He advised that the party should rather put their political and legal house in order, adding, “neither the PDP, the law nor the tribunal is the cause of their unending melancholy.”