The All Progressives Congress (APC) has applauded the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for upholding the election of President Muhammadu Buhari and dismissing the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The APC in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, its National Publicity Secretary, on Wednesday also congratulated President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the victory at the tribunal.
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The ruling party described the tribunal’s ruling as a “landmark judment” in the annals of the country’s judiciary.
It also hailed the five-man panel of the tribunal for not considering what it described as the deceit of the PDP while determining the judgment, adding that the ruling reflected the wish of most Nigerians.
The statement read: “The APC congratulates 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 Judgement by the 5-member validates the decision of most Nigerians to do away with the past as expressed in their overwhelming votes in the elections.”
The APC insisted that the PDP wasted the time of the court and Nigerians with the presentation of its evidence, which the former described as “frivolous”.
“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,” the statement read.
Moving forward, the APC said the judgment has placed a responsibility on the Buhari-led administration to ensure the progressive growth and development of the country’s economy, fight against corruption, and providing security for Nigerians.
The party assured Nigerians that it would continue to lead the country to the fulfilment of its destiny.