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Tribunal Judgment: ‘I Warned You But You Wouldn’t Listen’ — Kanu tells PDP

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has sympathized with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over the loss at Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.

Atiku had told the tribunal to nullify Buhari’s election and declare him the authentic winner of the election.

On Wednesday, the tribunal dismissed the petitions of Atiku and the PDP challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had held that Atiku Abubakar and the PDP had failed to discharge the burden of proof of the allegation of non-qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the February 23 general election.

But delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Garba, held that evidence before the court shows that Buhari won the election.

Reacting to the Judgment, Nnamdi Kanu said he warned that the election would be rigged but nobody listened.

The IPOB leader said in a tweet on Thursday: “I warned you all but you would not listen. When they vetoed the Electoral Bill & proceeded to illegally sack Onnoghen, sensible people knew it was game over.

“I ordered a boycott because I knew dictatorships always rig elections. My Jan 29, 2019 tweet below is a polite reminder.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party had rejected the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, describing it as a “subversion of justice.”

Nigerians and the international community watched in utter disbelief when the tribunal ruled that one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate such individual claimed to possess.

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, had said earlier that the party would study the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari during the February 23 election.

He said that the legal team of the party would go through the verdict and come up with an official position for them to decide whether to appeal or not.

On his own angle, President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is a victory for Nigerians who trooped out to overwhelmingly elect him for a second term in office.

“Good conscience fears no evil report. I was unperturbed all along because I knew Nigerians freely gave us the mandate. We are now vindicated,” the president was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.

Mr Buhari dedicated the victory to God, and to Nigerians, while also commending the judiciary for “dispensing justice without fear or favour.”

President 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.

He noted, however, that with the pronouncement of the judiciary, “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.”

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