The major opposition party, however, called on the panel to ensure its proceedings are free and fair.
Africa News24 (AN24) reports that the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said while speaking with newsmen,“…President Buhari failed on the three thematic areas of focus he anchored his 2015 campaign on.”
In its submission, the PDP further said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “are busy harassing our leaders and bringing up frivolous allegations against our candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in a bid to distract us from the petition pending before the tribunal,” Vanguard reports.
“Nigerians compared their living standards while the PDP was in power to the four years of the ruling APC and concluded that it was time to take back their country. That is why we reminded fellow citizens that the election was a referendum on hunger, poverty, economy, anti-corruption and what have you.
“We have strong evidence that our candidate won the election and that is why they are not comfortable today.
“They will raise one allegation or the other against our party and when you confront them to prove same; they will keep mum and then raise yet another. Nigerians have seen through their lies and are no longer moved by such things.”
On its request that Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa not be on the presidential election petition panel, Ologbondiyan maintained that the party’s position is nothing personal on the judge, but based on her links with the APC.
“We insist that our country is one of civilization. The PDP has nothing personal against Justice Bulkachuwa but we are saying that on the basis of morality, she should not be part of a panel to hear the petition of a party which listed the APC, the political platform of her husband as an interested party.”