The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has asked the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to apologise to Nigerians for distracting President Muhammadu Buhari with election petition lacking in merit.
Lai Mohammed stated this stated this in a statement issued on Thursday from St Petersburg, Russia.
He said PDP’s threat to head to the Supreme Court is driven by ego and desperation than sense of reasoning.
He said ”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.”
”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 realize 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.”
Recall that the five-man Presidential Election Petition Tribunal led by Mohammed Garba dismissed the petition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for lacking merit.
“In the final result, I have come to the conclusion, which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not discharged the burden of proof required of any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.
“This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety,” Garba ruled.