President Muhammadu Buhari has dedicated his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to Nigerians, describing it as a “well-deserved” win for citizenry who elected him for a second term in office on February 23.
President Buhari stated this in a statement published on his social media pages on Wednesday in reaction to the judgment of the tribunal.
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The five-man tribunal led by Justice Muhammad Garba had on Wednesday unanimously dismissed the appeal by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, rejecting the petitioners’ appeal in its entirety.
According to the president, he was confident that the tribunal would rule in his favour as majority of Nigerians voted for him freely at the poll.
The statement read: “Today’s ruling is a well-deserved victory for Nigerians who trooped out overwhelmingly to elect us for a second term in office. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated!
“I dedicate this victory to the Almighty God, and to all Nigerians. And I commend the judiciary for dispensing justice without fear or favour.”
President Buhari noted that with the pronouncement of the tribunal’s ruling, it is time for the country to put behind it all the needless distractions that had plagued the country since the declaration of the election result.
He also called on members of the opposition to join him in moving the country forward.
“I am hereby extending a hand of fellowship to everyone who felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court. It was well within your democratic rights to go to Court. Now that the Court has spoken, let us join hands to move Nigeria to the Next Level,” the statement read.