Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in his reaction to the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, mocks Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, says he will still lose even if he goes to World Court with his petition.
The PEPT had on Wednesday dismissed Atiku’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23, 2019, presidential poll. The five man panel led by Justice Garba Mohammed unanimously threw away Atiku’s petitions, saying that his evidences were just like a drop in the ocean.
Angered by the ruling, PDP vowed that it would approach the Supreme Court.
Speaking on the decision of the opposition party to go to the apex court Oshiomhole while speaking to State House Correspondents after visiting Buhari at the Presidential Villa yesterday mocked the PDP, saying that the Supreme Court would just adopt the verdict of the Appeal Court.
“We as a party we are confident that if it is within the Nigerian law for the PDP to go even to the World Court, we will meet them there. The Supreme Court of Nigeria is not that of the PDP or the APC. The Supreme Court is governed by law and it’s to interpret the evidence before the Court of Appeal. They are not at liberty to introduce new issues, neither can they bring in new witnesses.
“So, if it is what I heard yesterday, which I believe you also heard; thanks to the media, most Nigerians were detained for eight hours listening to arguments of the judges one after the other. Even though we thought it was getting longer and longer, we realised that they tried to deal with the issues raised, even the ones you and I as laymen will consider inconsequential. They dealt with each of them, trashed them and arrived at a conclusion.
“So, I don’t want to sound arrogant. Yesterday I said that I hoped this whole contest is about Nigeria, who actually won the election and both parties were committed to building Nigeria. It’s not about who should be given the key.
“Now, this has been resolved and it is time to queue behind the winner and move on. Our winner is the best example that losing an election is not tantamount to the end of your political life. He lost three previous elections, and today he is the President.
“President Buhari is now ready to meet defeated Atiku Abubakar at the Supreme Court. The APC is ready to meet the PDP at the Supreme Court. Adams Oshiomhole is ready to meet my brother, (Uche) Secondus, at the Supreme Court; and he will take second and I will take first, Isha Allah.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.