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Lalong: Plateau PDP rejects senate election tribunal judgement


The Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State has rejected the judgement of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal that gave the Plateau South Senate seat to Mr Simon Lalong.

The party’s chairman, Mr Chris Hassan, said the judgement was an “electoral robbery” and did not reflect the will of the people.

He explained that the tribunal had erred to have relied on the internal squabbles of the PDP to deliver its judgement in favour of the petitioners.

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Hassan maintained that the party had since complied with the judgment of Justice S.P. Gang and conducted a fresh congress, insisting that the party currently has “a solid and valid structure”.

He added that the decision of the tribunal on the matter had utterly fallen short of expectation, saying that it was bereft of an iota of justice.

The chairman described the judgements as a diversion of the undiluted will and choices of the people in the light of the consolidated judgements recently delivered by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

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Chris said the party would explore legal means to retain its mandate, adding that the judgement would not destroy its confidence in the judiciary.

He called on the supporters of the party to be law abiding and support Bali and Gyendeng to succeed in office.

The PDP’s rejection of the judgement comes after the tribunal also nullified the election of Mr Peter Gyendeng of Riyom/Barkin Ladi Federal Constituency and declared Fom Dalyop of the Labour Party, who came second, as the winner.

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The duo had approached the tribunal to challenge the emergence of Napoleon Bali and Gyendeng, both of the PDP, as Senator and House of Representatives member, respectively.