Hours after the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the People’s Democratic Party and its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 2019 Presidential Election on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the ruling of the apex court.
Benco News reported that Nigeria’s Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s appeal for lacking merit.
In a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari thanked Nigerians for the mandate given to him to run the affairs of the country for another four years.
The statement reads in part;
“The President and Government of Nigeria wish to extend our gratitude to former vice-president and his party for undertaking their campaign through protestations to the courts.
‘‘In this regard they have conducted themselves in line with the laws of the country they sought to lead.
“Now, following this final legal bid before the highest court, it is time the country is afforded the right to move on – in the interest of all Nigerians – regardless of how they voted.
“The elected President, and his Government now must be enabled to focus solely on addressing the issues that concern the country.
‘‘From building economic empowerment and opportunities for the nearly 200 million Nigerians, 60 percent of whom are youths bubbling with energy, to defeating the twin ills of terrorism and corruption, there is much work to do.
“So too must the opposition be afforded the right to focus directly on their vital role of holding the administration to account for its decisions.
‘The governance of a democracy only functions as it should when those checks on the executive are in place – and utilized.
“The opposition, as much as the government, must now move on – and without the need for further distractions.”