The Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected the judgment of the election tribunal which declared the candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the recent Patigi bye-election into the vacant seat in the House of Assembly.
In a statement released on Monday by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alh. Folaranmi Aro, the ruling party said:
“The tribunal did not deny that we won the election overwhelmingly. It instead hid under a feeble excuse that the names of our candidate on the two certificates he presented to the electoral body are slightly different from each other to award our mandate to the opposition.
“It is a sad day for democracy as the judgment is a slap on thousands of the electorates who stood in the sun to make their choice.
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“This judgment is a violent attack on the position of the Supreme Court in many established cases where an alphabet was either omitted or added to a candidate’s name.
“We are definitely going to appeal the judgment because it signals danger for our democracy and amounts to stealing the mandate of the people.
“The judgment is a judicial subversion of the mandate of the people.”
The judgment was based on the difference between ‘Adam’ and ‘Adama’ on the certificate of the candidate of the APC.
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