Election tribunal: Accept defeat, work with Buhari, Wase urges Atiku

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the Presidential Election Appeal Tribunal on Wednesday, describing the judgment as victory for democracy and the rule of law.

Wase added that with the judgment by the tribunal, Nigerians should eschew partisanship and rally behind the President in his quest to bring the much needed reforms.

He also commended the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for availing himself of the country’s legal and judicial system, while advising the former vice-president to accept the verdict in good faith.

“I acknowledged the efforts of the presidential candidate of the opposition PDP for availing himself of the nation’s legal system but wish to advise him to team up with President Buhari as he focuses on the enormous task of re-engineering the nation, fixing the economy, creating jobs, tackling corruption insecurity for a secured and prosperous Nigeria,” he said.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Puma, the Deputy Speaker said tribunal had, by its verdict, vindicated the Independent National Electoral Commission which declared President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the presidential election “in line with the mandate freely and willingly given by Nigerians.”

He said, “It is victory for democracy, victory for the rule of law, victory for the APC, victory for majority of Nigerians who voted massively for President Buhari, but most importantly, victory for the truth, which will always be constant.

“The ruling has also vindicated the position of our party, the APC that the presidential election conducted on February 23, 2019 was transparent, free and credible and that majority of Nigerians preferred President Muhammadu Buhari over and above the candidate of the PDP; and indeed voted massively for the candidate of the their choice.”

According to Wase, the judgment has further reaffirmed the confidence Nigerians have in the ability of Buhari to lead the country and their decision to re-elect him to take Nigerians to the next level.

The Deputy Speaker also congratulated the panel of jurists that sat through the case, describing the verdict as thorough.

“I wish to congratulate the learned jurists for delivering a thorough verdict, which will no doubt stand the test of time and strengthen the faith of the common man in the judiciary,” he stated.

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