President Bola Tinubu has accepted the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) as he called all collective efforts to build Nigeria.
Recall the PEP delivered a 12-hour marathon judgment on Wednesday, throwing out the petitions of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM); the petitions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar; as well as the petitions of Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The Tribunal dismissed the petitions of the three parties challenging the victory of President Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25, 2023 poll.
The five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani did not only dismiss the consolidated petitions of the PDP, the APM and the LP, the panel also clearly affirmed the victory of Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, in the presidential poll.
Justice Tsammani said, “This petition accordingly lacks merit. I affirm the return of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the duly elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The parties are to bear their cost.”
Tinubu reacting to the judgement through a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale said that the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) has renewed his goal of unifying and building Nigeria.
Ngelale in the statement said the president “…welcomes the judgment of the court with an intense sense of solemn responsibility and preparedness to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of all diverse political persuasions, faiths, and tribal identities.”
The presidential media aide added that the Nigerian leader also “recognises the diligence, undaunted thoroughness and professionalism of the five-member bench, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani in interpreting the law.”
He went on to state that Tinubu “…affirms that his commitment to the rule of law, and the unhindered discharge of duties by the Court, as witnessed in the panel’s exclusive respect for the merits of the petitions brought forward, further reflects the continuing maturation of Nigeria’s legal system and the advancement of Africa’s largest democracy at a time when our democratic system of government is under test in other parts of the continent.”
Tinubu said the lawful process which the petitioners took affirmed Nigeria’s democratic credentials and urged the challengers to inspire their supporters to take up patriotism above partisan affiliations.