PDP kicks, heads to S’Court
AS REACTION to the judgement delivered by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal yesterday continue form Nigerian leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari has described verdict of the five-member panel as victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office on February 23.
He dedicated the victory to God, and to all Nigerians, while also praising the judiciary for dispensing justice without fear or favour.
The president spoke in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, which commended the tribunal for standing tall despite all intimidations.
“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” he said.
President Buhari also extended the olive branch to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights.
“It is time for the country to move forward as one cohesive body, putting behind us all bickering and potential distractions over an election in which Nigerians spoke clearly and resoundingly,” he added.
Similarly, All Progressives Congress (APC) hailed the tribunal’s judgement for dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
APC gave its stand in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, described the judgement as “landmark and unforgettable.”
“We note the painstaking efforts and thoroughness of the Justices of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in arriving at their decision. Today’s judgment, no doubt, would go down in the annals of our nation as the longest and detailed, spanning almost 10 hours. The Judgement by the five-member validates the decision of most Nigerians to do away with the past as expressed in their overwhelming votes in the 2019 elections,” Issa-Onilu said.
Also, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the president’s victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Lawan sent his congratulation in a statement by his spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi yesterday, saying that the judgment had put a judicial seal on the mandate freely given to the president by Nigerians in the February 23 presidential election.
According to Lawan, Nigerians had great expectations from the “Next Level Agenda” of the president and further pledged full cooperation of the National Assembly in the pursuit of the best interest of the Nigerian people, commending the petitioners for using the judicial window prescribed by the constitution in seeking redress for their grievances and urged them to join hands with the government and the Nigerian people in the important task of nation-building.
In a related development, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the validation of his election by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Wike spoke in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, urging President Buhari to use his victory to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings.
Meanwhile, PDP has expressed shock over Buhari’s victory at the tribunal.
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known in a statement issued for the party in Abuja yesterday, saying that PDP would appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court.
According to him, the silence across the nation since the judgment was delivered was an indication that the verdict had not fulfilled the desires and expectations of Nigerians and appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and not lose hope or surrender to despondency or self-help.