Plea For Pardon: ‘Vacate Office Now’, PDP Tells Buhari

September 8, 2019

Press Statement

…Urges Judiciary To Uphold Justice.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reviewed the video of the media
interview by the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, and surmised that President Muhammadu Buhari should save the
judiciary and the nation further troubles by immediately throwing in the
towel and vacating the presidential seat following the official
admission that he (Buhari) does not possess a WAEC certificate, contrary
to his claims and disposition before the law.

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Our party mocks the Buhari Presidency for pushing out the video wherein
the Minister pleaded with Nigerians to pardon President Buhari over his
false WAEC certificate claims.

PDP notes the deliberate ploy of Alhaji Lai Mohammed to appeal to
sentiments, seeing that Mr. President had failed to defend himself
before the Presidential petition tribunal.

The party berates the Buhari Presidency for believing that in pushing
the video into the public space, it could influence the mind of the
tribunal to bend the law after solid evidence have been presented before
it against President Buhari.

The PDP holds that the pronouncement and appeal for pardon issued by the
government’s spokesperson, who is also a lawyer, is a direct guilt plea,
which cannot save President Buhari from the course of justice in this

From the official pronouncement by the Minister on a national
television, it is no longer in dispute before all Nigerians that
President Buhari does not possess the educational certificate he claimed
in the affidavit he deposed to in his Presidential nomination form.

In this latest shenanigan, President Buhari and his handlers ought to
have known that the law, which the judiciary is bound to uphold, is a
respecter of no man.

The PDP reminds President Buhari of how his Presidency vehemently
applied the law in similar circumstance to remove a head of an arm of
government; a situation, which renders his plea for pardon a complete
nullity before the law.

The PDP holds that if President Buhari indeed seeks for pardon from
Nigerians, he should do the needful by toeing the path of honour and
vacating the Presidential seat without further delay.

It is disheartening that President Buhari and his All Progressives
Congress (APC) would put our nation through the troubles of legal
hassles when they knew all the while that they were building something
on nothing.

The PDP therefore urges the Judiciary to consider the evidence before it
and rescue our nation by expediting its verdict to point to nothing
other than the justice of the matter in the Presidential election


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary


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