The ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which on Wednesday confirmed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election, has been accepted by the opposition parties, according to Senate President Godswill Akpabio.
Recall that a five-judge panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani dismissed the petitions of presidential candidates Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and Chichi Ojei of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), concluding that Tinubu had been legitimately elected.
According to TheTimesonline.ng, Akpabio termed the court decision as an affirmation of the popular mandate of the Nigerian people for the Tinubu/Shettima ticket as expressed during the polls in February in a statement that was released on Thursday.
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Akpabio, who congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC), pointed out that the court thoroughly considered every question brought up by the petitioners and rendered a definitive decision on the validity of Nigeria’s electoral process.
In order to ensure Nigerians’ well-being, he further urged Atiku and Peter Obi to work together and support Tinubu’s administration.
He said, “I applaud the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for upholding the victory of our President, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and our Vice President, His Excellency, Kashim Shettima, at the 2023 presidential polls.
“I also congratulate our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on its vindication by this well-thought-out landmark judgement.
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“This judgement has expressly affirmed the popular mandate of the Nigerian people for our party the APC and its Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, freely given at the February 2023 polls.
“As the Court has painstakingly addressed all the issues raised by the petitioners, I urge all concerned to accept the judgement and join hands with the Tinubu government in its bold efforts to secure the wellbeing of our people.”
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