The Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned what it called reckless press statements and sponsored protests aimed at distracting and diverting attention by whipping up sentiment against judges of the Election Petitions Tribunal in the state.
A group under the auspices of People’s Mandate Protection Vanguard had earlier staged a protest where it condemned n alleged judicial sabotage of the state election petition tribunal.
Leader of the group, Sandra Sele Pam while addressing the protesters said the tribunal’s primary responsibility was to ensure impartial adjudication in electoral disputes but regrettably, this duty to uphold the sanctity of the democratic process had been compromised.
The APC state publicity secretary, Sylvanus Namang, who stated this while addressing newsmen in Jos noted that they were compelled, as bona fide citizens of Plateau State, to react to these spurious allegations by “self-serving individuals and groups” whose desperation for power had reached high pitch.
Namang argued that it was important to state that before the Justice B.M. Tukur-led tribunal’s just pronouncements, there were previous judgments by the second tribunal presided over by Justice Rotimi Williams who ruled against the APC and Labour Party in spite of overwhelming evidence and established position of the law.
“We are calling on the tribunal judges to remain resilient, focused and committed to their responsibility of dispensing law and justice, we assure them that nothing untoward will emanate from all law-abiding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and well-meaning Plateau citizens,” he said.
According to him, APC has affirmed that as firm believers in constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law, they would do everything possible to ensure that justice takes its full course while calling on the federal government and security agencies to quickly intervene in the current attempt to plunge the state into another needless and avoidable cycle of violence and mayhem by especially arresting the ring leaders and perpetrators of induced protests.