Tribunal Verdict: ‘Election Petitions Cases Are Not Won On Social Media’, Wike Tells Atiku, Others

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Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has said election petitions are not won by propaganda or on social media but on facts and pieces of evidence.

The Herald reports that Wike said this in reaction to the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PECPC) on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, which affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 election.

In a unanimous judgement by the five-member panel of justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, the court quashes all the petitions filed by the plaintiffs, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar; Peter Obi and the Labour Party; and Allied Peoples Movement (PDM).

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme in Abuja said; “I have always told people that an election petition is not like any other case; it’s a special area; it is not by propaganda, it is not won on social media, it is the presentation of evidence, facts.

“I sat down for not less than 10 hours. Look at how the justices painstakingly took each item one by one, from the preliminary objections to the motions, down to the objections on documents and exhibits, down to substantial issues.”

Speaking further, the minister said he did not support his party and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, at the tribunal because their position on the 2023 presidential election was wrong.

The former governor of Rivers State added: “I believe their position was wrong; I believe in equity, I believe in fairness, I believe in justice.”

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