Supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have staged a massive protest in Jos, Plateau State capital, against the recent election judgements of the Court of Appeal in Abuja which sacked several PDP’s state and federal legislators.
The rulings were in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates, including the Minister of Labour and Employment, Solomon Lalong, who the Appeal Court declared as the winner of Plateau South Senatorial District election.
Reacting to the ruling, the protesters came out in their numbers and blocked the road around Old Airport roundabout in Jos, carrying placards with different inscriptions.
Dailytrust gathered that shortly after most of the protesters had dispersed, the police and the military arrived at the scene and chased away the remaining crowd.
The Chairman North Central All Progressives Congress (APC) Forum, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga cautioned the PDP in the state against organizing such protest, stating that the state had been bedeviled by crises over the years and sensitive political issues or protests could be a trigger if not well handled.
“After election, any aggrieved political party or candidate has the right to pursue their grievances and seek justice in court, and the judgement of the court is always complied with.
“But for any party or group to want to stage a protest against court matters is uncalled for. Besides, Plateau State as well as Jos has seen many ethno-religious crisis, and politics is always used as a strong tool to orchestrate the crisis.” He said.
Meanwhile, the PDP Publicity Secretary in Plateau, John Akans, could not be reached as at the time of filing the report.