Lagos PDP Petitions NJC Over Tribunal’s Confirmation Of Ambode As Governor

Governorship candidate of the PDP, Jimi Agbaje
Governorship candidate of the PDP, Jimi Agbaje

The Lagos State chapter of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to appeal the confirmation of the election of Akinwunmi Ambode as governor under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party has therefore petitioned the National Judicial Commission (NJC) for “necessary disciplinary actions.”

The party’s reaction came in a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr Taofik Gani. “We are very jolted and embarrassed that our petition can die prematurely without it been heard on the merit.

“We think there is a miscarriage of justice here. We are interested in the motive and motivators. The panel held that it had jurisdiction to hear our appeal; that our grounds are also competent. It however held that the petition had no life because it didn’t include a relief for re-election. This is supposed to be determined during the proper trial. We put as relief a declaration that we be returned as validly elected. The panel cannot dictate to us what relief to demand. Why should the Panel even expect a relief for re-rerun instead of declaration as winner?”

“We will not allow this miscarriage. Is this the change APC wants to give us in the judiciary,” the statement read.