President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the Supreme Court rulings that dismissed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s petition against him.
The president commended the ruling of the Supreme Court that dismissed the appeal of the PDP’s candidate as lacking merit.
The President through his media aide Garba Shehu, thank Nigerians for the support and also commend the Supreme Court for their decision as the ruled against the former vice President.
President Buhari thanks the people of Nigeria for the mandate they gave to him to run the affairs of the country for another four years.
President @MBuhari today welcomes the ruling of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, dismissing the case brought before them by former vice-president, and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
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“The Government – and people of Nigeria – have been aware that the result of the February 23, 2019, presidential election has been settled now for some eight months.
‘‘President Buhari was re-elected by an absolute majority of 55.6 per cent of the national vote, with Nigerians casting nearly 4 million more votes for President Buhari than his nearest challenger – representing a margin close to 15 per cent of the total vote.
“The former Vice President and his political party exercised their rights, under the Nigerian Constitution and electoral laws, to petition the courts and dispute this result.
‘‘They did so first at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which ruled in September 2019 against them. Now – following his appeal to the Supreme Court and its ruling to dismiss their case for “lacking merit” – this matter is now closed.
“The President and Government of Nigeria do wish to extend our gratitude to former vice-president and his party for undertaking their campaign through protestations to the courts.
‘‘In this regard they have conducted themselves in line with the laws of the country they sought to lead.
“Now, following this final legal bid before the highest court, it is time the country is afforded the right to move on – in the interest of all Nigerians – regardless of how they voted.
“The opposition, as much as the government, must now move on – and without the need for further distractions.”
President Buhari reacted to Atiku Abubakar’s comment and thank PDP and its candidate for their understanding the tenet of democracy.