The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeals filed by the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi.
A seven-judge panel led by Justice John Okoro ruling said that the opposition’s appeals over claims of electoral malpractices, electoral law violations, and Tinubu’s ineligibility to participate in the February general elections lacks merit.
The apex court set aside all the appeals of Atiku and PDP on qualification, non-compliance with the Electoral Act, the 25 percent votes in FCT, and electoral malpractices.
President Bola Tinubu on Thursday, while reacting to the judgment in a personal statement he signed titled “It is time for us to build our great nation together”. He joyfully accepted the apex Court’s ruling which upheld his electoral victory at the February 25 Presidential Election and seeks the support of Nigerians.
“With deep gratitude to God Almighty, I solemnly and humbly accept today’s judicial victory with an intense sense of responsibility and a burning desire to meet the great challenges confronting our people.” He said.
In the statement, President Tinubu said: “I welcome the verdict of the Justice John I. Okoro-led Panel of the Supreme Court on the Presidential Election petitions filed by the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party and the Labour Party, challenging the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
“The court has done justice to all issues put up for consideration in the petitions on the merits of the law, without fear or favour.”
He eulogized judges for their “diligence and professionalism” Despite agitation, pressure, intimidations, and social media bullies by some political actors, they demonstrated their unequivocal commitment to upholding the rule of law for the defense of humanity.
He said: “I want to reiterate that my faith in our nation’s judiciary has never been shaken, not even for a moment, because I know that our hallowed courts of law will not fail to administer justice to all Nigerians in all matters and at all times.”
“It was affirmed once more today, that my party, the governing All Progressives’ Congress, had freely and fairly won the popular mandate of Nigerians, which has since given rise to my leadership of this great nation at a tumultuous period of unprecedented reforms in our history as a nation,” the one-time Lagos Governor asserted. He added.
Tinubu seek the support of Nigerians stressing that his victory at the courts has further energized and strengthened his commitment to serve all Nigerians with honour and total respect for diverse opinions and uniting values of citizens.
He continued: “Our Renewed Hope agenda for a greater and prosperous Nigeria has further gained momentum and I will continue to work from morning to night, every single day, to build a country that meets our collective yearnings and aspirations.”
“The strength of our diversity and the great citizenship that binds us must now compel us forward in directing the energy of our people towards building a virile, stronger, united, and more prosperous country.” He added.
“In the days and months ahead, I trust that the spirit of patriotism will be elevated into supporting our administration to improve the living conditions of Nigerians.
“I am prepared to welcome the contributions of all Nigerians to foster and strengthen our collective progress. I send my immense gratitude to all Nigerians for the mandate to serve our country.
“I promise again to meet and exceed your expectations in service delivery and good governance, working with my team and trusting in the grace of God,” The president concluded.