The All Progressive Congress, APC, has described the decision of the tribunal as victory for the rule of law, hailing the panel for dismissing the petition filed by Atiku Abubakar.
APC said that the unanimous legal affirmation, the electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are without question as it congratulated them and Nigerians and especially members of the party for the landmark judgment.
Congratulating the judiciary as well, APC said it has never been perturbed about the petition filed by PDP which mainly hinged on educational qualification of President Buhari.
It further said the victory is an endorsement of the work the president is doing regarding the war against corruption, insecurity and provision of infrastructure.
The statement signed by Lanre Issa-Onilu read in part: “The APC congratulates the judiciary for refusing to succumb to the opposition party’s subterfuge. We note the painstaking efforts and thoroughness of the justices of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in arriving at their decision. Today’s judgment, no doubt, would go down in the annals of our nation as the longest and detailed, spanning almost 10 hours.
“The judgment by the five-member validates the decision of most Nigerians to do away with the past as expressed in their overwhelming votes in the 2019 elections.
“The PDP and Atiku’s petition was largely hinged on educational qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari and tales of an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server and allegations of electronic transmission of election results. This was rightly dismissed by the tribunal for lacking in merit.
“From the outset, our party was not perturbed over the PDP and Atiku’s petition, which will go down in Nigeria’s history as the most frivolous in the history of election petition. In fact our position has now been justified that the PDP and Atiku’s petition was a complete waste of time. In their puerile efforts, they insisted on taking the country on a circus and wild goose chase.
“Going forward, APC’s victory at the presidential polls and the election tribunal represents our collective desire as a people to remain focused on the progressive growth and development of our country’s economy, fight against corruption, and providing security.
“Consequently, we have taken a bold step by rescuing our nation from the satanic era of PDP, when our collective interests were being corruptly traded among a few pillagers.”