The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum have supported the move of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to appeal ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal at the Supreme court.
The governors made this disclosure this in a statement released by its Chairman and Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson.
In declaring their support for the party and Atiku, the governors stated that posterity would judge them harshly if they “swallow such bile and applaud that rape of justice”.
The Forum expressed hope that the Supreme court will right the ‘wrongs’ made by the tribunal in upholding President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory on Wednesday. .
“After painstakingly and prudently understudying the line after line tenets of the judgment, several holes were picked and countless anomalies identified by us.
”We would be doing a greater disservice and moral injustice to our party, our democracy and Nigerians in general if we turn blind eyes, swallow such bile and applaud that rape of justice.
”The judgment, to say the least, has further painted our judiciary with darker colours; only this time around with a never-before-seen blemished coat of tar.
”However, we are hopeful that the Supreme Court will re-write that history by ensuring that such stains and tar are removed from our judicial archives.
“The apex court should know that its integrity is at stake and in order to avoid it been shredded to particles, must employ all known technicalities to save our nation and the future of Nigerians yet unborn from a development that may further make us a perpetual laughing stock amongst the comity of nations.
“Without any iota of trepidation, it is most paramount for us to once more restate and reconfirm our undiluted loyalty, deserving support and maximum commitment to our great party and the Atiku-Obi presidential ticket.
“This is our stand, now and in the future. Posterity would judge us harshly if we did otherwise,” the governors said.
Recall that the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal dismissed Atiku’s petition for lacking merit.
“In the final result, I have come to the conclusion, which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not discharged the burden of proof required of any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.
“This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety,” Garba ruled.