Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday lauded the presidential election petitions tribunal for ”affirming the sovereign will of the people”.
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The tribunal had dismissed the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his party, challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019 election.
Tinubu said the tribunal’s verdict was “a resounding judicial vindication of Buhari’s personal character and his electoral victory.”
The APC national leader said in a statement entitled: “Presidential Elections Tribunal Verdict, Justice Served, Democracy Saved.”
“With the unanimous ruling of the Court of Appeal dismissing the Presidential Election Petitions of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, today, the rule of law came to the defence of democracy by affirming the sovereign will of people.
“Their wills were expressed during the Feb. 23 elections when a vast, compelling majority of the electorate cast their ballots for Buhari to serve a second term as Head of State and Commander-in- Chief of our beloved nation.
“Whatever partisan side one might take, all must agree that today was a bright day for the administration of justice,” Tinubu said.
According to him, the Court of Appeal rendered a comprehensive judgment of extraordinary thoroughness, reason and breadth on many issues presented in this important matter.
Tinubu said Atiku and his legal team put forth some imaginative, if desperate, arguments as was their right.
The APC chieftain said the PDP fought vigorously for their positions and were allowed to do so without pressure and without fear.
“No one used the power of the state to intimidate them in court, just as no one used the power of the state to intimidate them during the elections.
“As the court affirmed, the election was free and fair, and the final result should stand,” Tinubu added.