The Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed has responded to the ruling of the Presidential Election Tribunal. He said in a statement issued in St Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday, that instead of appealing the ruling on Wednesday, former vice president Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democratic Party should have apologized to Nigerians for attempting to disrupt and distract the present government and its mission.
”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,” 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,” he said.
The Minister applauded 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 President Buhari, for their continued support,” he said