Atiku Abubakar, candidate for president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has strongly opposed the decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
The appeal that Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) filed on Tuesday contesting President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election held on February 25 was dismissed by PEPT on Wednesday, as previously reported by the media.
The panel ruled that the candidates’ and parties’ petitions were without merit and upheld Tinubu’s election.
Justice Haruna Tsammani, presiding over the tribunal, issued the ruling with the help of Justices Monsurat Bolaji-Yusuf, Stephen Adah, Moses Ugo, and Abba Mohammed.
In a press conference held in Abuja on Thursday, Atiku responded by rejecting the judgement and saying that the fight to overturn Tinubu’s victory will continue.
Former Vice President and self-proclaimed warrior Al Gore said he has told his legal team to appeal to the Supreme Court.
He declared, “Today I am here to officially respond to the Presidential Election Petition Court’s ruling on the 2023 presidential elections, which was handed down yesterday.
You already know that I went to court when INEC announced that the APC and its candidate had won the polls on February 25. The concept that the courthouse is the place where justice is served was fundamental to my choice to pursue legal action.
In fact, I’m no stranger to going to court. I feel like I have a good understanding of how the legal system functions. As a politician, I have always been a fighter, and that won’t change.
The manner INEC handled the presidential election undermined our efforts to hold fair elections across the country.
“I’m sorry to say that the PEPT’s ruling yesterday did not do much to restore faith in our hope for truly fair elections that are immune to outside influence.
Though the court’s decision from yesterday is recognised, I cannot and will not abide by it.
Because I do not think it provides any real justice, I cannot accept it. My attorneys have been instructed to exercise my constitutionally protected right to seek a higher court’s review of this matter.
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