The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday declared President Bola Tinubu as the legitimate winner of the 25 February 2023 presidential election after defeating Abubakar Atiku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).
The three man justices led by Haruna Tsammani said the petitioners failed to prove beyond reasonable reasons for the upturn of the election of the incumbent President who scored majority for the votes during the polls.
“The three petitions haven not been proved are hereby dismissed and the 2nd Respondent (Tinubu) declared the winner of the Presidential election conducted on 25th February 2023,” th Elena’s judge Tsammani
Special Advisr on media and publicity to the President Ajuri Ngelale in a statement assured Nigerians of Tinubu’s renewed and energized focus on delivering his vision of a unified, peaceful and prosperous nation, following the judgment by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.
President Tinubu according to him, welcomes the judgment of the Tribunal with an intense sense of solemn responsibility and preparedness to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of all diverse political persuasions, faiths, and tribal identities.
Ajuri noted that President Tinubu recognizes the diligence, undaunted thoroughness, and professionalism of the five-member bench, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani in interpreting the law.
The President affirms that his commitment to the rule of law, and the unhindered discharge of duties by the Tribunal, as witnessed in the panel’s exclusive respect for the merits of the petitions brought forward, further reflect the continuing maturation of Nigeria’s legal system, and the advancement of Africa’s largest democracy at a time when our democratic system of government is under test in other parts of the continent.
The President believes the Presidential Candidates and Political Parties that have lawfully exercised their rights by participating in the 2023 general elections and the judicial process, which followed, have affirmed Nigeria’s democratic credentials.
The President urges his valiant challengers to inspire their supporters in the trust that the spirit of patriotism will now and forever be elevated above partisan considerations, manifesting into support for our Government to improve the livelihood of all Nigerians.
Once more, President Tinubu thanks Nigerians for the mandate given to him to serve our country while promising to meet and exceed their expectations, by the grace of God Almighty, and through very diligent hard work with the team that has been put in place for that sole purpose.