President Muhammadu Buhari says Wednesday’s verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal affirming his victory at the 2019 polls, is a victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term.
The President’s reaction to the judgement is contained in a statement by his Special Adviser, Mr Femi Adesina.
“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.
While dedicating the victory to God, and to Nigerians, President Buhari also commended the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”
He extended a hand of fellowship to those who were dissatisfied by the outcome of the election and had gone to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights to do so.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) also applauded the judgement.
We congratulate the Judiciary for “refusing to succumb to the opposition party’s subterfuge, the national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said in a statement.
‘’The PDP and Atiku’s petition was largely hinged on the educational qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari and 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.’’
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the judgment and expressed dissatisfaction over the process.
Its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party was shocked that the court took over the roles of the Buhari’s and APC lawyers who clearly abandoned their pleadings by refusing to call evidence in defence of the petition.