The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Plateau in the last general elections, Jeremiah Useni, has instructed his lawyers to proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld the victory of Gov. Simon Lalong.
The court in its judgment delivered on Friday had dismissed Useni’s appeal as lacking in merit.
However, during a review meeting with his legal team shortly after the judgement, the PDP candidate mandated his lawyers to appeal against the judgement without delay
He contended that “certain issues contained in the judgment must be straightened in the interest of justice, democracy and the future of Nigeria’s children.
“Our cause is the right cause. We should not make the law look as if it is not important.
Let the Supreme Court declare whether lying on oath is not against the law.
“The judgment of the appellate court is a surprise to me and members of PDP, especially having dismissed the two cross appeals of the cross appellants as lacking in merit and an abuse of court process.
“We are also surprised that the judgment, delivered by Hon Justice O.A Otisi completely avoided making any pronouncement on an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court which reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal expunging the testimony of 21 of his witnesses.”
The retired General, however, commended his legal team led by Mr. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, for holding strongly to the tenets of the profession and standing firmly on the side of the rule of law and democracy.
He also appreciated PDP officials, stakeholders, and supporters for standing strong and united all through the period the case lasted at both the tribunal and now the Court of Appeal.