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“Let’s rise above partisan politics and work together”- Tinubu urges challengers, celebrates victory at election tribunal

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC) has called for a spirit of patriotism among all Nigerians especially members of the opposition parties.

Tinubu in a press release signed by his special adviser on media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, and issued on Thursday said that the verdict delivered yesterday by the election tribunal did not only affirm his commitment to the rule of law but also reflects the progression of Nigeria’s legal system as opposed to pre-existing narratives.

According to the statement, the President said the portrayal of Nigeria’s legal systems’ advancement at the tribunal yesterday was timely, as Nigeria prides the largest democracy in Africa.

He noted that it was even more beneficial as Nigeria’s democratic system of government is currently under test in other parts of the continent while stating that the diligence, undaunted thoroughness, and professionalism of the five-member panel, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani in interpreting the law was commendable.

The president further expressed his commitment to building a unified, peaceful and prosperous nation while suing for collaboration from all and sundry including his challengers at the election tribunal.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday, has assured Nigerians of his renewed and energized focus on delivering his vision of a unified, peaceful and prosperous nation, following the judgment by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

“President Tinubu welcomes the judgment of the Tribunal with an intense sense of solemn responsibility and preparedness to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of all diverse political persuasions, faiths, and tribal identities.

“The President recognizes the diligence, undaunted thoroughness, and professionalism of the five-member bench, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani in interpreting the law.

“The President affirms that his commitment to the rule of law, and the unhindered discharge of duties by the Tribunal, as witnessed in the panel’s exclusive respect for the merits of the petitions brought forward, further reflects the continuing maturation of Nigeria’s legal system, and the advancement of Africa’s largest democracy at a time when our democratic system of government is under test in other parts of the continent.

“The President believes the Presidential Candidates and Political Parties that have lawfully exercised their rights by participating in the 2023 general elections and the judicial process, which followed, have affirmed Nigeria’s democratic credentials.

“The President urges his valiant challengers to inspire their supporters in the trust that the spirit of patriotism will now and forever be elevated above partisan considerations, manifesting into support for our Government to improve the livelihood of all Nigerians.

“Once more, President Tinubu thanks Nigerians for the mandate given to him to serve our country while promising to meet and exceed their expectations, by the grace of God Almighty, and through very diligent hard work with the team that has been put in place for that sole purpose.

Both Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP yesterday, had their petitions struck out by the Tribunal for lack of merit.

The five-member panel who ruled on the petitions against President Tinubu included the chief Registrar of the court of Appeal, Justice Haruna Tsammani, Justice Stephen Adah, Court of Appeal, Asaba division, Justice Monsurat Bolaji Yusuf, court of Appeal Asaba division, Justice Moses Ugo, Kano division and Justice Abah Mohammed, Ibadan court of Appeal.

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