The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the Peoples Democratic
Party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s appeal for lacking merit.
“We have examined all the briefs and the exhibits for over
two weeks and we agree that there is no merit in this appeal,” Chief Justice,
Tanko Muhammad said at the judgement. The appeal is dismissed,” he concluded,
in a unanimous decision with six court justices.
Abubakar challenged the presidential election tribunal
judgment which affirmed the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the
February 2019 poll. The tribunal in its judgment delivered by its chairman
Justice Mohammed Garba dismissed Abubakar’s petition in its “entirety.”
Abubakar approached the Supreme Court shortly after the
September 11 tribunal’s ruling with 66 reasons why the Supreme Court should
upturn the tribunal’s five-man panel decision.
The Supreme Court, however, convened a seven-man panel to
hear PDP and Abubakar’s appeal.
On the panel were the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice
Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Justice Bode Rhodes -Vivour, Justice Olukayode
Ariwoola, Justice John Iyang Okoro, Justice Musa Datijo Muhammad, Justice
Ejembi Eko and Justice Uwani Abaji.
But after the panel apportioned a maximum of 15 minutes to
the counsel to argue his appeal, admonished him to go directly into the main
appeal since such matters also formed part of the main appeal.
The counsel stood his ground, causing the court to adjourn
for 15 minutes to enable the appellants’ defence team to decide on what to do
with their time.
On resumption of the hearing, the seven-man panel
unanimously dismissed Abubakar’s appeal because it lacked “merit.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has congratulated
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for their victory
at the Supreme Court.
The ruling party hailed the apex court’s dismissal of the
appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate,
Atiku Abubakar, against their February election victory.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a
statement on Wednesday in Abuja, congratulated Nigerians, the President, Vice
President, party leaders, members and supporters on the Supreme Court’s
The statement reads, “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 National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche
Secondus, on Wednesday said though the Supreme Court had dismissed the appeal
of the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against the
victory of President Muhammadu Buhari, the final judgement comes from God
He stated that Nigeria is in such an untidy state that only
bail her out.
He spoke in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, while
responding to the judgement of the Supreme Court dismissing their
appeal against the victory of Buhari and the All
Progressives Congress in the February 29 election.
He urged Nigerians to remain resolute in their prayers to
God, adding that the country is in such “an untidy state that only God can
bail” her out.
Secondus commended Nigerians of all divide for their
commitment and support to the party and to democracy.
He said the commitment of Nigerians to democracy and its
“despite inhibiting factors,” is worthy of emulation and
He said, “We thank you for your support for PDP, for your
commitment to democracy.
“Nigerians know that you voted PDP, even APC knows that you
rejected them on February 23, 2019.
“International community knows you voted for PDP. If Supreme
Court of seven justices says otherwise, leave it to God, the ultimate Judge.”
He also commended journalists for their commitment to
democracy and good governance in Nigeria and urged them not to relent in their
roles of holding politicians accountable to the people.