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Atiku adamant as tribunal upholds Buhari’s victory

  • It’s victory for Nigerians, says President
  • PDP: we’ll attraction ‘subversion of justice’
  • It’s vindication of Buhari’s character, says Tinubu
  • Lawan, Gbaja, others okay verdict
  • Wike, Sanwo-Olu, Obaseki, Oyetola, Abiodun, Akeredolu greet President

There was jubilation on the Presidential Villa final night time.

It was in the course of the Federal Govt Council (FEC) assembly when news filtered in that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had stamped President Muhammdu Buhari’s victory within the February 23, 2019 election.

President Buhari hailed the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) as a vindication of his victory and counseled the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear and favour.”

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) described the decision as victory for the rule of legislation.

The party mentioned in an announcement by its Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, that the landmark judgment underscored the refusal of the judiciary to succumb to the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP)’s subterfuge.

Nonetheless, the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) rejected the decision, saying it was a perversion of justice.

The primary opposition party, in an announcement by its Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, mentioned the judgment was a direct assault on the integrity of the nation’s justice system.

In an announcement by the Presidential Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the President known as for unity, urging stakeholders to place behind them partisan bickering.

He mentioned: “Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,”

President Buhari, who devoted the victory to God and Nigerians, maintained that the judiciary deserved commendation for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”

He prolonged a hand of fellowship to aggrieved stakeholders who went to court to challenge his victory, noting that it was inside their democratic rights.

President Buhari mentioned: “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 mentioned: “The judgment 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. The PDP and Atiku’s petition was largely hinged on the educational qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari,  tales of an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server and allegations of electronic transmission of election results. This was rightly dismissed by the tribunal for lacking in merit.”

Issa-Onilu recalled that the APC was unperturbed by the litigation, stressing that former Vice President Atiku’s claims have been frivolous and meant to waste the time of the tribunal.

In his view, APC’s victory on the presidential ballot and the tribunal characterize an endorsement of the push for progressive development and improvement, the struggle against corruption and battle to beat insecurity.

He mentioned the Buhari administration had taken the daring step to rescue the nation from the PDP, which presided over the buying and selling of collective pursuits by few pillagers.

The Southsest All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday congratulated President Mohammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for his or her victory on the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

The Nationwide Vice Chairman (South West), Bankole Oluwajana, a lawyer, additionally congratulated the APC Nationwide Working  Committee, led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for representing the party nicely on the tribunal.

In an announcement by the Zonal Publicity Secretary, Karounwi Oladapo, the party mentioned the judgment actually mirrored the result of the presidential election as declared by the electoral umpire.

Lagos lawyer Monday Ubani mentioned the tribunal had resolved some essential points earlier than it.

He added: “The issue of whether President Buhari has a Secondary School Certificate has been laid to rest; the issue of Atiku’s nationality has been settled and that Buhari won the February 23 presidential election convincingly in compliance with the Electoral Act. The judgment was a validation of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaration that Buhari won the election. These rulings stand unless they were overturned by the Supreme Court.”

Ologbondiyan, who expressed shock on the judgment, mentioned regardless of the flawless proof earlier than it, the tribunal gave victory to the president.

He mentioned: “The court raked up all manner of excuses to make up for the yawning gaps occasioned by the total absence of any evidence from the respondents. Nigerians and the international community watched in utter disbelief when the tribunal ruled that one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate such individual claimed to possess, contrary to established proof of claims of certification.”

The publicity secretary questioned why the tribunal offered rationalisations for President Buhari’s lack of ability to tender his certificates, which he mentioned was with the Military.

Ologbondiyan maintained that the tribunal ignored the flawed election, regardless of the proof of illegalities, manipulations, alterations and subtraction of legitimate votes  given to Atiku by Nigerians.

He added: “Indeed, the pervading melancholic atmosphere across our nation since the verdict is a direct indication that the judgment has not fulfilled the desires and expectations of Nigerians.”

Ologbondiyan urged Nigerians to stay calm and to not lose hope as Atiku’ attorneys will attraction the judgment on the Supreme Court.

PDP chieftains Buba Galadima and Chief Ebenezer Babatope frowned on the judgment, which they described as travesty of justice.

Galadima, who  mentioned Nigerians have been disillusioned on the verdict, mentioned the Supreme Court could upturn it. He mentioned: “I’m disillusioned in what occurred as we speak. There are such a lot of causes to be disillusioned. What we now have seen as we speak is that the judges that gave this judgment weren’t in search of the reality, however character. This is a matter that the  Nigerian judiciary ought to look into earlier than it plunges the nation into drawback. When the weak goes to court to hunt for redress, the judiciary seems for technicality to dismiss the needs of the weak.

“We will be looking toward another chance at the Supreme Court. Today as I speak to you, we are in a mourning mood. Nigerians are disappointed. Every Nigerian feels that he has been shortchanged. I want to say that right from the beginning, people knew that the refusal by President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act was deliberate.”

Former Minister of Transport Chief Babatope mentioned Nigerians ought to work towards the unity of the nation.

Babatope mentioned: “I wish Nigerians the best of luck. The judgment of God will come. This nation must continue to exist. The unity must be preserved. We the participants must ensure that we give democracy a chance to strive.”

A lecturer within the Division of Political Science on the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Prof. Sylvester Odion-Akhaine, mentioned with the judgment, the integrity of the judiciary was on trial.

Odion-Akhaine suggested Atiku to attraction the judgment on the Supreme Court, including that the case needs to be pursued to the logical conclusion.

The Nationwide Chairman of the United Progressive Occasion (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, mentioned the judgment was a victory for democracy, including that the PDP’s petition was an pointless nationwide distraction.

He careworn: “Buhari won the election with a margin of nearly four million votes to his closest rival. We sincerely advise the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship.”

Blended reactions trailed the judgment in Anambra State. Whereas a PDP chieftain, Osekola Obaze, mentioned the decision was unacceptable, a human rights activist, Osita Obi mentioned “it’s a big lesson to agents of darkness.”

To Osita Obi, “the social media noise of “Atiku is coming” has ended, advising the PDP candidate to embrace the truth.

Former Anambra State Commissioner for Data and APC chieftain  Chief Charles Amilo, described the judgment as a welcome improvement.

He mentioned: “At the moment is a tragic day for our nation, Nigeria. It is a big missed alternative to proper the ills of this nation. Nigerians needs to be extraordinarily disillusioned with the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. This judgment runs against the load of the proof offered.

“Of course, the Tribunal, have spoken and being law abiding, we respect their prerogative opinion. But, we do not accept it. Our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Mr Peter Obi, and our great party, PDP, will seek redress at the Supreme Court. Certainly, in the fullness of time, shall recover our hijacked mandate”

Former Senate Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba mentioned: “It was a very thorough judgment and very lucid and it addressed every issue that was canvassed and I think it is a judgment that has earned the confidence of the public. I congratulate the president for this victory that was foretold.”

Senator Rochas Okorocha mentioned “It will spur the President to do more.”

He added:  “With the victory, President Buhari would now be more encouraged to continue to work for the unity, progress and peace of the nation, while the distractions associated with the case while it lasted have now been jettisoned.”

The previous Imo State governor counseled members of the tribunal for “doing a good job and making the nation proud.”

Okorocha additionally counseled Atiku for “giving good account of himself and for his contributions to the nation’s democracy.”

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