BY VICTORIA IKEANO
Nasarawa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denounced the verdict of an Akwanga High Court presided over by Justice Mustapha Ramat annulling the ward and local government Congresses held in March.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of the State PDP, Hon. Francis Orogu reacting to the judgment said, “Justice Mustapha Ramat deliberately ignored a clear case of forgery even when the authors of the genuine document swore to an affidavit in his own court disowning the purported Appeal Panel Report he (Justice Mustapha Ramat)did not only relied upon to grant all reliefs sought by the plaintiffs but also gave judgement on issues that were not before his Court. For instance, he is said to have decided to discharge and acquit authors of the forged document who are presently undergoing criminal investigation with the Nigeria Police in Lafia, Naarawa State”.
Hon Orogu said that he was not deterred by the Judge’s pronouncement, adding that the Caretaker Committee view it “as an attempt to disorganize the party in Nasarawa State which has been the primary intention of the sponsors of this unnecessary stage managed crisis”.
While stating that the party would challenge the judgment legally, he added that it would also “politically resist any attempt to distract our attention on the right trajectory”. He urged “genuine and honest members to remain calm and be vigilant on the activities of fifth columnists among us who are well known”.
Meanwhile the gate to the party’s Secretariat was firmly shut by supporters of the plaintiffs who stood guard in front of it minutes before Hon. Orogu and his team were due to arrive there for a scheduled press briefing on the judgment. This forced him to shift the briefing to his personal house. He and his team later stormed the Secretariat with policemen.