news: Presidential Tribunal Dismisses PDP And Atiku’s Petition, Buhari said he wasn’t worried all along
Atiku Abubakar’s petition against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari has been dismissed in its entirety.
The Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The court held, in the lead judgment by Justice Mohammed Garba, which has been supported by three of the five Justices of the tribunal so far, held that the petitiioners failed to prove their case.
“This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety,” says Tribunal.
President Buhari has reacted to the Presidential election tribunal’s judgement which upheld his victory in the February 2019 Presidential election.
The President said he was not worried about the outcome of the court process because he knew Nigerians elected him for a second term in office.
“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari to have said.
Commending the judiciary for not “dispensing justice without fear or favour”, President Buhari also dedicated his victory at the tribunal to God and Nigerians.
The statement reads in full “President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office.
“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” the President declares.
He dedicates the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”
President Buhari extends a hand of fellowship to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights.
He notes, however, that with the pronouncement of the judiciary, “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.”