Supreme Court Verdict: We know what happened underground — PDP Chair

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Acting National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Damagum, says the battle for the emancipation of the country has begun.

Addressing stakeholders of the party at a world press conference orgamised for Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of PDP in the last election, Damagum said, “We maybe disappointed, but we are not deterred because we know what happened underground. People are not jubilating because of the situation we have found ourselves in the country.”

Damagum asked journalists to report the right thing that will be said by the former Vice president, adding that,” we want Nigerians to know our position. The battle will start from Today. We are resolute. All PDP members should not be deterred.”

Meanhwhile, Atiku, says the outcome of the suit filed against the election shows that “all is not well”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election, but Atiku rejected the result and headed for the court.

The Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal had dismissed his suit and upheld Tinubu’s victory.

Dissatisfied, Atiku headed for the Supreme Court and subsequently sought to include additional “forgery evidence” which he obtained from the Chicago State University, but the court objected this on the grounds that plea was made outside the 180-day mandatory period stipulated by the law.

At the Conference, Atiku alleged that his evidence shows that INEC violated the electoral act and procedure to declare Tinubu as winner of the 2023 poll.

“The Supreme Court outcome even though final shows that all is not well,” he said, adding that retired Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad, recently gave a pointer to the situation in the judiciary.

Atiku said when INEC and the judiciary are enmeshed in controversy, democracy cannot thrive.