Buhari’s Victory at Tribunal saddens Many Nigerians —CUPP, PDP as Atiku Heads to Apex Court

Press Statement

VERDICT, A SUBVERSION OF JUSTICE, SAYS PDP…HEADS TO SUPREME COURT

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) completely rejects the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal describing it as provocative, barefaced subversion of justice and direct assault on the integrity of our nation’s justice system.

The party is particularly shocked that the tribunal failed to point to justice despite the flawless evidence laid before it, showing that President Buhari was not only unqualified to contest the election but also did not score the majority of valid votes at the polls.

The PDP finds as bewildering that a court of law could validate a clear case of perjury and declaration of false information in a sworn affidavit, as firmly established against President Muhammadu Buhari, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence.

The party is also rudely shocked that the Court took over the roles of the Respondents’ lawyers who clearly abandoned their pleadings by refusing to call evidence in defense of the petition. The court raked up all manner of excuses to make up for the yawning gaps occasioned by the total absence of any evidence from the Respondents.

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, contrary to established proof of claims of certification.

The party notes as strange that the court even went ahead to provide rationalizations in favour of President Buhari, even when all hard facts before it shows that he did not possess the claimed educational certificate and that the Army was not in possession of his WAEC certificate as claimed in the affidavit he deposed to in his Presidential nomination form.

The PDP also described as shocking that the court approved the flawed declaration of President Buhari as the winner of the election despite evidence to show the perpetration of illegalities, manipulations, alterations and subtraction of valid votes freely given to Atiku Abubakar by Nigerians.

Indeed, the pervading melancholic atmosphere across our nation since the verdict is a direct indication that the judgment has not fulfilled the desires and expectations of Nigerians.

The PDP however encouraged Nigerians to remain calm and not to lose hope or surrender to despondency or self-help, as our lawyers are upbeat in obtaining justice at the Supreme Court.

This is more so as the tribunal itself admitted that there are several errors in the judgment.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary.

For Immediate Release

OPPOSITION COALITION CUPP REJECTS APPEAL COURT JUDGMENT UPHOLDING PRESIDENT BUHARI’S ELECTION, DESCRIBES JUDGMENT AS LAW TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AND AN INSULT AND PROVOCATION TO NIGERIANS

… SAYS JUDGMENT IS SHAMEFUL RATIFICATION OF ELECTORAL FRAUD, LEADERSHIP INCOMPETENCE AND AUDACIOUS IMPOSITION OF AN UNFIT LEADER ON NIGERIANS.

… WE ANTICIPATED THE COMPROMISED AND VILLA PANEL BEATEN JUDGMENT FROM THE JUSTICES OF COURT PRESIDED OVER BY THE WIFE OF A RULING PARTY CHIEFTAIN AND SENATOR

… OPPOSITION COALITION CONSENSUS CANDIDATE ATIKU ABUBAKAR IS HEADING TO THE SUPREME COURT FOR A FINAL APPEAL TO RECLAIM THE PEOPLES MANDATE GIVEN TO HIM

The opposition coalition CUPP, has received with angst the judgment of the Presidential Election Tribunal just delivered this afternoon upholding President Buhari’s election and we reject it totally since we view it as law turned upside down and an insult and provocation to Nigerians.

From the totality of the judgment, the Court of Appeal PEPT panel has lost the rare opportunity presented to it by the petition of the consensus opposition CANDIDATE Atiku Abubakar to put an end to electoral fraud, leadership incompetence and the imposition of an unfit leader on the people. By their judgment today, majority of Nigerians who had believed, though erroneously, that the judiciary was indeed independent have been brazenly awakened to the fact and correct belief that the Presidency had successfully hijacked the judiciary and Nigerians can only expect judgments and not justice.

All credible observer groups both local and international were unanimous in their verdict that the election was below the standard of the 2015 and was massively rigged in favour of the President, the Court of Appeal wasted the opportunity and have by so doing endorsed the insecurity in the land, mismanagement of national resources, electoral fraud, forgery of documents and certificates submitted to INEC and indeed threatened the very foundations of our democracy. Could the Court as it had done in times past not this time also considered the state of the nation, mood of Nigerians, national security issues and taken a decision boldly, impartially and firmly in the interest of Nigerians and Nigeria? Today’s judgment is a manipulation of the law and the brazen use of technicality to stamp injustice, Rob the people of justice and deny the nation the chance to have a leader that they truly elected in the Person of Atiku Abubakar.

The Nation weeps today, west Africa is crying and the International community is in shock. Our brothers who are been held hostages by poverty, bandits, killed daily etc are now in coma as the appeal court have used today judgment to deny them a savior and foisted on them a leader who was not eligible for presidential office, a leader who does not have the capacity to govern, a leader who rode on the blood of our people to power using security agencies, a leader who employs divisive weapon and ethnicity in governance and a leader who claims to be fighting corruption but dinning and sleeping with men know to be corrupt. The nation is the loser today, not atiku Abubakar or the opposition.

Nigeria may need more than a decade to repair the damage being done by this government to the very fabrics of our nationhood.

We however state that we anticipated the villa panel beaten judgment from the justices of court presided over by the wife of a ruling party chieftain and Senator. The delay in appointing a replacement when the opposition to her presiding over the panel could not be withstood despite her desperate fight is very instructive of the mindset of the Court. The Court of Appeal is clearly in need of cleansing and Nigerians should join in the clamour for that cleansing particularly to immune the Court from political interferences.

The mid night attack on the homes of some fearless judges, the obnoxious and arbitrary removal of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria and the imposition of a new CJN are pointers to the total hijack of the judiciary for the purpose of serving the executive today’s milk and honey. We duly raised alarm then. The Presidency did not heed and has also gone ahead to totally hijack the National Assembly which its Chairman, the Senate President has pledged their loyalty to the President and not the Constitution and the good people of Nigeria who are their employers.

We point out clearly that the approval for the live airing of the judgment by the Court was a phantom act to show transparency which the Court clearly lacked. The act was just to hoodwink the people of Nigeria into believing that for granting the novel media right that it was to underscore the openness of the Court to the wishes of the people when such live airing have not been allowed in some high profile cases in the past.

However, we saw through these antics and we were not taken in by that. Hence we insist that the PEPT played a dangerous mind game with the people of Nigeria capable of causing chaos.

However as lawful citizens and apostles of the rule of law, we wish to announce to Nigerians not to lose hope because our consensus candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is heading to the Supreme Court for a final appeal to reclaim the peoples mandate given to him. We cannot take the law into our hands hence we shall approach the Supreme Court, diligently present our case and believe that the Justices of the Supreme Court will find solace in the fact that their names will be etched in gold and in the sands of time when they do right and do justice by bringing the Buhari reign of impunity, incompetence and stolen mandate to an end.

Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere
Opposition Coalition Spokesman

TRIBUNAL JUDGMENT IS VICTORY FOR NIGERIANS, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23, 2019 poll, is 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 declares.

He dedicates 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 notes, 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.”

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
September 11, 2019

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