The Federal government, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to put an end to mischief and apologise to Nigerians instead of appealing Wednesday Presidential Election Tribunal Judgment, describing it as an orchestrated ploy to distract President Buhari administration.
The remark was contained in a statement of Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,
issued by Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi
The Presidential Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja had affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2019 presidential election. In a swift reaction, the opposition PDP had described the judgment as a travesty of justice, saying it will appeal the judgement.
In the statement issued in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, Mohammed said while the PDP and its candidate reserved the right to pursue their petition to the highest level, they will be better served by dropping their toga of desperation and realising that there is a limit to tomfoolery.
”Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and will rather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and in court, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to the next level.
”This is more so that the judgement validating the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lacked merit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds upon
which their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminently qualified to contest the poll,” Mohammed said.
Mohammed also asked the PDP and Abubakar not to cast aspersion on the judiciary going by their poorly-framed reaction to the ruling of the tribunal.
He added that the PDP and Abubakar should be thanking their stars that they were not being prosecuted for coming to court with a fraudulently-obtained
”It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained by hacking into a supposed INEC server. Don’t they realise this is a criminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to head to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning.
Enough is enough,” Mohammed added.
Mohammed, however, appreciated the tribunal for not only doing justice to the case, but for explaining, in painstaking details that lasted hours, how it arrived at its judgement.
”We also thank Nigerians, who voted massively to re-elect President Buhari, for their continued support,” Mohammed also said.