The All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the February 23 election.
In a statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said it was never worried about what the outcome of the petition would be, describing it as “frivolous” and “a complete waste of time”.
The APC congratulated the President on the legal affirmation of his election victory. The party also congratulated the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, and all its members.
It hailed the judiciary “for refusing to succumb to the opposition party’s subterfuge”.
“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 statement said.
“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.
“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.
“From the outset, our party was not perturbed over the PDP and Atiku’s petition, which will go down in Nigeria’s history as the most frivolous in the history of Election Petition. In fact our position has now been justified that the PDP and Atiku’s petition was a complete waste of time. In their puerile efforts, they insisted on taking the country on a circus and wild goose chase.
“Going forward, APC’s victory at the presidential polls and the election tribunal represents our collective desire as a people to remain focused on the progressive growth and development of our country’s economy, fight against corruption, and providing security.
“Consequently, we have taken a bold step by rescuing our nation from the satanic era of PDP, when our collective interests were being corruptly traded among a few pillagers.
“We note, unfortunately, the continuous efforts being made by the unpatriotic elements in PDP, having held our country down for nearly two decades, to truncate our movement towards greatness.
“We, however, remain resolute in this journey being ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari. The APC administration would lead this country to the fulfillment of its destiny,” it concluded.
The tribunal had earlier held that Atiku and his party failed to provide enough evidence to support the claims in the petition including those bordered on electoral malpractices.