A mild drama has ensued in Plateau State as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday alleged that State Governor, Simon Lalong’s “sudden” declaration of Friday, October 8, as a public holiday ahead of Saturday’s local government polls, was to thwart the course of justice.
According to PDP, the public holiday was targeted at stopping the hearing of its appeal, at the Jos Appeal Court, against the judgement of a High Court barring it (PDP) from participating in the election.
Mr Edward Pwajok (SAN), Counsel to the PDP, stated the Party’s position in an interview with NAN.
Pwajok said, “the whole idea of the public holiday is to stop the Court of Appeal from sitting to hear our motion of appeal against the judgement given by the lower Court in favour of PLASIEC.
“We understand the game being played out, but all the same, we shall go to the Appellate Court tomorrow for our case. If the court doesn’t open, we know what to say. If it sits, then fine.
“I won’t say more until tomorrow because I will be in court by 9.00 a.m. tomorrow. If it sits, fine, we will proceed, but if the contrary, we know what to say.”
It will be recalled that the major opposition party last month lost a case it filed against the Plateau State Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), challenging the Party’s exclusion from the October polls