The Imo State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vehemently opposed the recent nullification of the elections of Barr. Ikenga Ugochinyere and Hon. Jonas Okeke, who represented Ideato North/South and Okigwe South federal constituencies in the House of Representatives. This decision was handed down by the Imo State National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal situated in Mararraba, Nasarawa State.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Acting State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mazi Emenike Nmeregini, the party asserted that its two members had secured resounding victories in the National Assembly elections held on February 25.
Furthermore, the PDP decried these rulings as setbacks and pledged to challenge them at the Court of Appeal.
Nmeregini expressed the party’s dissatisfaction with the tribunal’s verdicts, characterizing them as highly condemnable and regrettable. He emphasized that the two proactive lawmakers had decisively won their respective constituencies’ elections, and the tribunal’s decisions had left a bitter taste in the mouths of the electorate.
The party criticized the tribunal for basing its judgments on pre-election matters that had already been dismissed by competent courts and for addressing internal party affairs without proper jurisdiction. They regarded these verdicts as lacking in transparency and logic.
The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party viewed these separate judgments as detrimental to the nation’s judiciary and categorically rejected them. The party pledged to steadfastly oppose the tribunal’s stance until it reversed the judgments, which they believed were undermining the integrity of the justice system.
The PDP affirmed its trust in the judiciary and hoped for a fair resolution of these cases through the appeals process. They also called upon their aggrieved members and constituents in Ideato North/South and Okigwe South Federal Constituencies to remain patient, as they believed that justice would eventually prevail.