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12 September 2019

Apologise to Nigerians, FG tells Atiku, PDP

The Federal Government has asked the Peoples Democratic Party and its
presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku
Abubakar to apologize to Nigerians for willfully distracting the
administration of President Muhammadu Buhari with a frivolous election
petition, instead of appealing the ruling of Wednesday’s Presidential
Election Petition Tribunal.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated
this in a statement issued on Thursday from St Petersburg, Russia.

He said while the PDP and its candidate reserve the right to pursue
their petition to the highest level, “they will be better served by
dropping their toga of desperation and realising that there is a limit
to tomfoolery.”

He said, ”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.

”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.”

According to him, instead of casting aspersion on the judiciary with
their poorly-framed reaction to the ruling of the Tribunal, the
PDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are not
being prosecuted for coming to court with fraudulently-obtained
evidence.

He said, ”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 PresidentBuhari, for their continued support,” he said

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