Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the Supreme Court judgement dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against President Muhammadu Buhari, did not come to the ruling party as a surprise.
In the statement signed by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said that the apex court was apt in dismissing the appeal for lacking merit.
APC further noted that with the ruling of the Supreme Court, which finally affirmed President Buhari’s election victory, it enjoined the PDP and Atiku to jettison their destructive and disruptive agenda against Nigeria, which they have made up their minds to pursue in the next four years.
“The APC welcomes the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the appeal filed by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar against President Buhari’s 2019 election victory.
“We congratulate Nigerians, the president, vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, party leaders, members, and supporters on the Supreme Court’s verdict.
“Following the earlier judgement of the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed in its entirety the PDP and Atiku’s petition, the apex court was apt in dismissing the appeal for lacking merit.
“The party hails the Judiciary for standing firm in the face of the PDP and Atiku’s subterfuge and for siding with the Nigerian electorate who through their votes decided to do away with PDP’s ignominious past and re-elect the President Buhari-led APC administration which has ushered in a new era of progressive growth for our country.
“With the ruling of the Supreme Court, which has finally affirmed President Buhari’s election victory, we enjoin the PDP and Atiku to jettison their destructive and disruptive agenda against Nigeria, which they have made up their minds to pursue for the next four years.
“The PDP and Atiku should not confuse opposition politics for their unpatriotic agenda. Democratic politics cannot be practised in the state of anarchy, confusion which the PDP and Atiku wish to achieve. Such diabolic plan will definitely fail.
“Going forward, the President Buhari-led APC government will continue to focus on delivering our ‘Next Level’ plans for the country,” the party said in the statement.