The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Chief Frank Igwebuike, has appealed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for the immediate withdrawal of the party from a petition questioning the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 election.
Concise News learned that PDM in a motion filed on early Tuesday before the five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba, the party National Chairman stated that they had considered withdrawing the petition because it might succeded.
“in its wisdom re-evaluated the probability of the petition succeeding and decided to withdraw from the petition,” Igwebuike said.
The motion was anchored on March 5, 2019, the letter addressed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) acknowledging the party’s list of candidates submitted for the 2019 general elections but replying the party that “the period of submission of candidates has passed”.
However, the PDM’s presidential candidate, Pastor Aminchi Habu, and some other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) have opposed Igwebuike’s application, insisting that the party would see the case to the end.
The National Secretary of the PDM, Abubakar Gwada, said in a counter-affidavit opposing the motion that the party is still interested in the petition and therefore, didn’t withdraw it.
“We are still very much interested in support of the instant petition and a decision to withdraw the name of the 2nd petitioner (PDM) from this petition can only be taken by the National Executive Committee of the party or the National Working Committee of the party,” Gwada said.