After today’s Supreme Court’s nullification of the earlier conviction of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu by the appellate court, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has come out to ask Nigerians to give EFCC a benefit of the doubt.
Speaking recently, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed that even if there are insinuations that the judgment was nullified because Orji Kalu is an APC member, EFCC should be allowed to prosecute the Senator again.
He added that Nigerians should wait for the process to be exhausted before concluding.
His words, “The EFCC has said it would comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court to retry the Senator. I think Nigerians should wait for the process to be exhausted. That’s all the PDP can say for now.”
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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is a major contemporary political party in Nigeria. Its policies generally lie towards the centre-right of the political spectrum. It won every Presidential election between 1999 and 2011, and was until the 2015 elections, the governing party in the Fourth Republic although in some cases, amid a few controversial electoral circumstances. Currently, PDP controls 14 states out of 36 states in Nigeria.
In 1998 the PDP in its first presidential primary election held in Jos, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria norminated former military leader Olusegun Obasanjo who had just been released from detention as political prisoner as the presidential candidate in the elections of February 1999, with Atiku Abubakar (Governor-Elect of Adamawa State and a former leading member of the Social Democratic Party) as his running mate. They won the presidential election and were inaugurated 29 May, 1999.
The longtime slogan of the People’s Democratic Party has been “Power to the people”. During the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on 21 May 2016, David Mark, a former President of the Senate of Nigeria, introduced “Change the change” as the party’s campaign slogan for the 2019 general elections.
In the 2019 elections, former vice president Atiku Abubakar and PDP presidential candidadate and his party rejected the outcome of the elections as INEC was yet to conclude the process and make an official pronouncement. On the 25th of February, PDP National Party Chair, Prince Uche Secondus alleged that the result as announced by INEC were incorrect