The legal battle that follows the 2019 presidential election has continued to generate reactions as the court sets to give its verdict on the matter.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the presidential election.
But, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, rejected the outcome and filed a suit in court to challenge Buhari and APC’s victory.
Meanwhile, Atiku has assured Nigerians that he would accept the verdict of the Presidential Election Tribunal on his petition challenging the emergence of President Buhari as winner of the election.
According to Daily Post, he gave the assurance while stating that he would not allow Nigeria to experience crisis or spilling of innocent blood in a bid to get justice.
Speaking on the matter through the spokesperson of his campaign organisation, Segun Sowunmi, the former Vice President said he was more interested in institutional reforms that would enhance national development.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, Showunmi urged judicial officers of the tribunal to do what was expected of them by delivering judgement in line with their professional calling. He said: “We hope and pray that the cankerworm, nepotism, corruption and lack of integrity that has eaten deep into the fabrics of this society would be caught.
But it’s up to the courts to demonstrate that they are immune. And I think this election tribunal will do its work.”
“People want to know how it will go, and of course, we don’t have a choice, we will accept the verdict of history, we will accept the verdict of the court. However, there is no way you can edge it, Atiku is already the winner of the 2019 presidential election in the minds of the people.
“For he is the leader of opposition now, Atiku is not going to be silenced with whatever the outcome will be.”
The presidential election case has continued to dominate public discussion since the result was announced. The two rival parties have also been making claims and counter claims over the matter thereby generting more controversy over it.
The Tribunal is set to decide on the presidential election election as it has commenced its sitting to hear and eventually decide on it.
Both parties involved in the case believe that they will be victorious. But, the ruling of the Tribunal will make it known who wins.
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