The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, should thank “his stars” for not filing a fraudulent petition at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT).
On Wednesday, the tribunal dismissed Abubakar’s petition challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the general election.
The PDP said it will appeal the verdict of tribunal.
In a statement on Thursday, the minister said instead of appealing the judgement of the tribunal, Abubakar should apologise to Nigerians.
“Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and will
rather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and in court, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to the next level,” he said.
“This is more so that the judgement validating the re-election of
President Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lacked
merit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds upon
which their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminently
qualified to contest the poll
“It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every
turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained
by hacking into a supposed INEC server.
“Don’t they realize this is a
criminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to head
to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning. Enough is enough.”
The minister commended the tribunal for not only doing justice to the case but for explaining, in painstaking details that lasted hours, how it arrived at its judgement.
“We also thank Nigerians, who voted massively to re-elect President Buhari, for their continued support,” he said