President Muhammadu Buhari has described his victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday as victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office.
Buhari stated this shortly after the tribunal upheld his victory, stating that he wasn’t moved all along, because Nigerians freely gave us the mandate.
“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along, because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari to have said.
Adesina added that Buhari dedicated the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”
Buhari extends a hand of fellowship to those who had felt aggrieved at the outcome of the election, and went to court, noting that it was within their democratic rights.
Buhar was quoted to have said “it is time for the country to move forward as one cohesive body, putting behind us all bickering and potential distractions over an election in which Nigerians spoke clearly and resoundingly.”
Recall that Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February presidential election, had file a petition with the tribunal challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal after deliberating on the petition filed by Atiku for over 8 hours dismissed it for lacking merit and inability to provide proof.
“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.